From CBE’s 2023 Conference “Women and Scripture: Setting the Record Straight” in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
A hierarchical worldview is a common characteristic of various philosophies and pagan religions, including spiritism, Eastern religions, and ancient Greek philosophy. Inherent to this view is an order of subordination throughout the entire human race: man over woman, white over black, master over slave, noble class over peasants. The biblical worldview rejects the idea of hierarchy within creation. Thus, to correctly understand biblical teaching about the role of women, we must purge these pagan ideas from our theology.