Over at the most popular and most excellent blog of Rachel Held Evans, here’s a fine post by Mimi Haddad, president of Christians for Biblical Equality. It answers many popular questions about biblical egalitarianism (the view that male and female are equally capable to serve in leadership roles in the home, the church, and the world). A blurb reads:
Remember, the slippery slope has two sides! There have also been churches entrenched in a male-only model of leadership, whose leaders sound more like Plato than Jesus. One has recently argued that Christianity has a masculine feel, thus suggesting that maleness is a part of God’s being. What is more, in their defense of male-authority, another evangelical leader (who served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society) insists that God the Son is eternally subordinate to God the Father. He now teaches Christians to pray to God the Father, rather than to Jesus. My series on Is God Male? challenges the orthodoxy of these positions, which were established to exclude women from positions of leadership.
To be fair, both sides of the gender debate have been guilty of sliding down a slippery slope, which in my view is unnecessary, given the wealth of excellent resources available to help us accurately interpret Scripture on issues related to gender, sexuality, and faith.
Check out “Ask an Egalitarian…(Response)”.