Academic Article

Yin-Yang and the Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: An Evangelical Egalitarian East-West Dialogue on Gender and Race

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:38

When we think about male-female roles in relationship to Asian American churches, especially those from evangelical and East Asian contexts, there is a sense of a general correlation between the complementarianism in evangelical Christianity and that of the Confucian tradition.2 But what about evangelical egalitarians who are of East Asian descent or those more dialogical (white and other) evangelicals who might think that theological construction in the twenty-first century ought to engage cross-culturally and t

Engaging Women with a Suffering Sophia: Prospects and Pitfalls for Evangelicals

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:30

Throughout the Scriptures, God is described as acting in the personification of Wisdom, or Sophia.1 This is the basis for Catholic theologian Elizabeth Johnson’s appropriation of the title “God,” replacing it with “Sophia.” Johnson argues that each person of the Trinity is Sophia, just as each person of the Trinity is God. Therefore, according to Johnson, it is accurate to maintain that Father-God, Son-God, and Holy Spirit-God can each be called Sophia.

Raising Up Allies: A Standardized Pathway for Developing Men into Allies to Women

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:15

In May 2015, in Cardiff, Wales, IBM Global Managing Partner Andrew Grill made an unexpected move at a panel discussion entitled “Online Influence.” The panel was comprised of six men. When a brave woman named Miranda Bishop pointed out the gender imbalance, Grill made his move. Rising from his seat, he offered his chair to Bishop. With encouragement from the crowd, she took his seat. Grill later reported, “Miranda brought an amazing perspective to the panel. . . .

Christian and Islamic Feminists in Dialogue

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 09:58

The face of abuse, hunger, disease, illiteracy, and poverty is nearly always female. Robert Seiple, former president of World Vision, wrote, “From birth to the grave, throughout much of our allegedly ‘modern’ world, violence marks the lives of those born girls.”1 According to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women,2 Arab women often encounter the steepest climb to shared leadership and authority worldwide.

Editor's Reflection: Summer 2020

Submitted by Margaret on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 09:42

The first purpose of Priscilla Papers is “to provide scholarship on topics related to a biblical view of equality and justice for women in the home, church, and world.” To provide such scholarship, we must first find it. One key way that we search for scholarship is to listen to and interact with scholars at conferences.

Women Priests and the Image of God

Submitted by Margaret on Thu, 05/21/2020 - 12:11

In this article, I examine the reasons that C. S. Lewis, a Christian apologist, Anglican layman, and medieval scholar, used to argue against women as Anglican priests, as well as the traditions articulated by Vatican councils that block women from the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church. I will begin with Lewis and show how his reasons relate to those of the Catholic hierarchy, who do not use selected passages from the epistles to confine the priesthood to males, but rather the maleness of Christ and twelve of his disciples.

Women Leaders at the Table in Early Churches

Submitted by Margaret on Thu, 05/21/2020 - 10:11

The purpose of this article is to examine the oldest surviving iconographic artifacts that depict early Christians in real churches at the Eucharist table. These provide the oldest visual evidence of early Christian traditions of leadership as it was actually practiced in churches. The reason for doing this is to fill in the cultural gaps about what we know regarding the sex of leaders who performed the ritual, or liturgy.

Mary and Martha: Celebrating the Gifts of Others

Submitted by Margaret on Thu, 05/21/2020 - 09:57

I want to begin this morning with a story about my family, a story about my sister and me. My sister is younger than me, and I’m proud of her. Well, most of the time. I’m usually an awesome big sister, and I brag on her until I drive people crazy, but every once in a while, I get a little more jealous than I’d like to admit. This story happened on a Mother’s Day weekend. My dad gathered my sister, brother, and me on the Friday night before Mother’s Day.

Exploring the Garden of Feminine Motifs in Songs of Songs

Submitted by Margaret on Thu, 05/21/2020 - 09:39

Song of Songs is filled with subtle but powerful metaphors and motifs that teach about the beauty, power, and nature of erotic love, as well as various abuses of erotic love (including social prejudice, patriarchal control and double standards, machismo, undue haste in sexual relationships, and infidelity). Furthermore, I affirm the notion common among many readers through the centuries who champion the possibility of spiritually uplifting analogies between human erotic love and divine-human relationships.

Editor's Reflection: Spring 2020

Submitted by Margaret on Thu, 05/21/2020 - 08:48

Journals serve to advance academic and professional disciplines. Typically, the field of inquiry that a journal is seeking to advance is evident from its title. Colleagues of mine have, for example, recently published articles in the Journal of Physiology and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.