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Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy
~Ronald W. Pierce , Rebecca Merrill Groothuis , Gordon D. Fee
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Media: Paperback
ISBN/ASIN : 0830828346
Manufacturer : InterVarsity Press
Release data : August, 2005

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    1 starNo starNo starNo starNo star    Feminist lies from Girly Man

    There is nothing "Biblical " about this book.Under god ,the headship of the church belongs the man.The bible says man is the head of woman just as God is the head of man.So many poeple take the world`s veiw of gender roles and ignore the truth.

    1 starNo starNo starNo starNo star    The Same Old Thing

    Had high hopes for the book, but in the end it gave the same old strawmen that other egalitarian books give. The chapter on Equal in Being, Unequal in Role confuses ontology with a variant expression of ontology via gender. So the spin goes on and on. If only there was a good argument in support of egalitarian views of Scripture, but in the end it's pretty much just a movement that doesn't want to believe the Bible would be so "restricting" when their view of salvation, which has a flare of liberation theology within their redemptive grid, liberates everyone from any sort of submissive role. The book really should be entitled: Discovering Theological Equality: How to Have Submission without Authority. It's just that ridiculous.

    1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    An Extraordinary Favor

    Rebecca Merrill Groothuis and Ronald Pierce have done the church an extraordinary favor editing this much needed volume that vanquishes the pitiful stereotypes of "evangelical feminism." Far from being sold out to cultural mores, the authors examine biblical and historical sources carefully examining their hermeneutics and philosophy showing the position of universal gender hierarchy to be erroneous and detrimental to the church.

    The book's chapter "Equal in Being; Unequal in Role" is worth the money alone in that it delivers a devastating blow to the nonsensical paradigm of "complementarianism." Richard Hess also delivers a fine chapter on "innocence and equality before the fall." William Webb introduces the important "redemptive movement" hermeneutic that is beautifully applied by I. Howard Marshall, and Gordon Fee graces us with his exegetical gifts in delineating the right meaning of Galatians 3:26-28. Not only so, but the ethical chapters on homosexuality, abortion, and abuse are outstanding.

    To be sure, there are some weaknesses. Linda Belleville's chapter on 1 Timothy 2:11-15 is helpful at points, but doesn't fully deal with all the issues raised by Kostenberger et al. Giles' Trinitarian thinking is in the right direction, but is triumphalistic and ignores some important facts. However, the books is a winsome apology for the vision of "complementarity without hierarchy" that honors the humanity of both sexes sufficiently and harmoniously.

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