Crisscrossing both testaments, gender balance looks at the Bible in a way clearly contained within the text itself. It tempers patriarchy. It offers solace to those wounded by misogyny. It invites study and comparison.
The oppression and disparate treatment of women in society intersects with manhood, yet men hesitate to talk about these issues in male-only settings. Discussions of manhood must also include discussions of womanhood.
Patriarchal beliefs in American evangelicalism regarding women and men’s roles are pervasive—even in egalitarian churches. This helps explain the exodus that begins when a woman enters a church as pastor.
It’s time to stop telling and start showing complementarians that the Bible doesn’t give us one perfect picture of biblical womanhood. This year’s Halloween costume just might feature a bloody tent peg.
CBE President Mimi Haddad shares highlights from CBE’s first-ever online conference. Speakers and attendees re-examined the foundations of Christian patriarchy theologically and socially through varied disciplines.