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Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth: An Analysis of More Than 100 Disputed Questions Paperback – November 4, 2004
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“The major strength of this work is that it engages with the best egalitarian writing over the past twenty years. This is a massive work which is unique in its breadth and detail.”
—Sharon James, Evangelical Quarterly 78 (2006): 65–84. UK.
“Though the [book’s] contents reflect Grudem’s commendable scholarly research and clear thinking, he also presents the material in an extraordinarily well-organized format and in highly readable prose. . . . Grudem proves masterful in his refutation of the arguments [of egalitarianism]. Yet, he maintains an unusually irenic and charitable spirit in so doing, for which he is to be commended. . . . [This book] should be read by anyone who wants to understand both Scripture and the current debate on this theme. I highly recommend this new volume by Dr. Grudem as the appropriate follow-up to and extension of the discussion in the earlier volume, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.”
—Richard Mayhue, Research Professor of Theology, The Master's Seminary
“Impressive. . . . Leaves no stone unturned. Grudem deals with every question imaginable that is connected with the biblical texts on the topic from Genesis 1 to 1 Timothy 2. . . . In all cases Grudem tries to argue in the best way possible, taking into account the most recent research and literature on each topic. . . . The book is meant to be used as a reference book when looking for answers to a specific argument in the debate.”
—Jürg Buchegger, Evangelical Review of Theology 32 (2008): 275–77. USA.
“In this day and age, any serious student of the Bible must wrestle with its teachings on the role of men and women. Featuring meticulous research in an easy questions-and-answer format, Wayne Grudem’s book is an invaluable resource.”
—Mary A. Kassian, Professor of Women's Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild
“After the Bible, I cannot imagine a more useful book for finding reliable help in understanding God’s will for manhood and womanhood in the church and the home. The practical design of this book will help laypeople find answers without having to read eight hundred pages. But the rigor of scholarship, the amazing thoroughness, and the unparalleled clarity (which Wayne Grudem is justly famous for!) will make this book the standard complementarian manifesto for many years to come. I thank God and stand in respectful awe of Grudem’s achievement.”
—John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary
“The entire body of Christ owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Wayne Grudem for his effort in producing this outstanding, comprehensive work; for his courage in taking on what has become a Goliath within the camp of modern-day evangelicalism; and for his noncombative, gracious spirit in doing so. Those who love the truth will find here an invaluable resource in a user-friendly format that is both scholarly and accessible. They cannot help but appreciate this fair, thorough, warmhearted treatment of one of the most significant issues facing the church today.”
—Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; Bible teacher; host, Revive Our Hearts
“The gender issue may well be the critical fault line for contemporary theology. Controversies over these issues involve basic questions of biblical authority, God’s order and design for creation, and Christ’s purpose for the church. Wayne Grudem cuts through the confusion, making Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth an important book that is urgently needed. This book belongs in the hands of every pastor, seminary student, and thinking person.”
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“In a troubling debate, resolution of which is currently out of sight, this extended monograph is a must-read for all who care about biblical authority, Christian relationships, and well-ordered church life. Laboriously and exhaustively, with clarity, charity and a scholar’s objectivity, Wayne Grudem sifts through 118 current challenges to the Bible’s apparent teaching on men and women. This is the fullest and most informative analysis available, and no one will be able to deny the cumulative strength of the case this author makes, as he vindicates the older paths.”
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
“God’s beautiful plan for manhood and womanhood is under attack today, Wayne Grudem’s response to the onslaught of misinformation and distortion from evangelical feminists is clear, biblically sound, scholarly, and yet easy to grasp. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, if you’ve been indifferent on this issue, it’s time to care. The stakes are too high to remain uninformed and silent. This book will equip you with truth and inspire you to stand your ground.”
—Joshua Harris, Former Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep
“Wayne Grudem has produced an invaluable resource for refuting the confusing and tortured arguments evangelical feminists are using to redefine women’s roles in the church and home. His masterful work helps clarify what is at risk in this life-and-death issue—nothing less than the doctrine of God and the doctrine of Scripture. I highly recommend it.”
—Barbara Hughes, author, Disciplines of a Godly Woman; coauthor, Disciplines of a Godly Family
“Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth is a tour de force. Over the last twenty years, no one has articulated, clarified, specified, and defended the Bible’s teaching on male and female role relationships in the home and church better than Wayne Grudem, and he once again shows that he is master of this field. Grudem faithfully and carefully sets out God’s instruction on this important aspect of Christian discipleship and then answers the whole range of questions and excuses that are raised against the plain teaching of Scripture. His analysis is trenchant, his presentation persuasive, his scope comprehensive, his grasp magisterial. In the old days, mathematicians and logicians would often place three letters at the end of a completed equation or proof: QED, an abbreviation of the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum (literally “that which was to be demonstrated”) indicating that the problem had been solved and the matter settled definitively. Well, you can write a QED at the end of this book. The debate is over. The only question now is whether we will bow our hearts to the authority of the Lord’s inspired, inerrant, perspicuous Word on the matter of biblical manhood and womanhood.”
—J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
“If you love truth more than feminism, you will treasure this book. If you love feminism more than truth, you will despise it.”
“In his exhaustive treatment of the evangelical feminist debate, Wayne Grudem proves that the Word of God is still authoritative for all issues of faith and practice. His through scholarship, combined with a direct approach in an easy-to-read style, makes this work a vital reference for every Christian library.”
—Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
“Forty years of feminist indoctrination has replaced a sound Christian worldview in many of our churches and seminaries. Wayne Grudem explores some of the most contentious issues in the church today and bases his studied responses upon Scripture and sound Christian doctrine. I recommend this book highly, especially to those women who have endured feminist studies in our colleges and universities and are trying to evaluate that teaching in light of their Christian profession of faith.”
—Diane Passno, Executive Vice President, Focus on the Family; author, Feminism: Mystique or Mistake?
“As an evangelical woman dedicated to standing under Scripture, and more especially as a professor of theology in women’s studies, I am deeply indebted to Wayne Grudem for his careful research, clear exegesis, and faithful theological foundations. In Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth, he has provided another valuable resource for women and men who want to remain faithful to biblical guidelines while keeping their hearts turned to humble service to Christ. I will be adding this volume to my personal desk resources, recommending it to my students to consider in their spiritual journeys, and encouraging anyone seeking answers to difficult questions to examine the proposals found in this timely work.”
—Dorothy Kelley Patterson, Professor, Theology in Women's Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Wayne Grudem provides evangelical churches with a reverent, kind, thoughtful, and ultimately decisive answer to the shaky logic and questionable exegesis often advocated by feminists, who wish to overturn twenty centuries of Christian history and the clear witness of Holy Scripture.”
—Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“With diplomacy and world-class scholarship, Wayne Grudem has taken on not just some of the thorny questions, but the entire briar patch! This book will be used and referenced by scholars, church leaders, and laymen and laywomen for decades.”
—Dennis Rainey, president and CEO, FamilyLife; host, FamilyLife Today; author, Stepping Up
“While our culture is careening out of control in its understanding of what it means to be a man or a woman, the winds of change have swept into evangelical circles and caused no little controversy. Many are confused by the streams of books and articles from evangelical feminists. In this magnificently clear and comprehensive work, Wayne Grudem calls the church of Jesus Christ back to the Scriptures, showing that the Bible itself prescribes different roles for men and women. Remarkably, almost every question a reader might have on this subject is answered here. This book is a treasure and a resource demonstrating that the complementarian view is biblical and beautiful.”
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
“This book is the most thorough refutation of evangelical feminism you can get. Not only is it well organized and easy to navigate, but it provide the most up-to-date research on nearly every conceivable argument being put forth by egalitarians. And it is written with the superior precision and clarity we have come to expect from Wayne Grudem. Every Christian who is concerned about the negative impact of evangelical feminism, or who just wants to get up to speed on the debate, should take advantage of this great resource.”
—Randy Stinson, Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and Provost, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
The evangelical world has waiting a long time for such a comprehensive work on what has become, sadly, a controversial topic. This is the most thorough, balanced, and biblically accurate treatment of feminism and the Bible I have seen. It also exudes kindness and grace, qualities sorely needed for meaningful dialogue on this foundational issue.”
—Stu Weber, Author, Tender Warrior
“This is an indispensable reference work. Wayne Grudem’s repeated call for upholding the equal worth, sanctity, and spiritual giftedness of both sexes should be welcomed by all sides. A major contribution to an increasingly crucial discussion.”
—Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
About the Author
Wayne Grudem, research professor of theology and Bible at Phoenix Seminary, taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, for twenty years. He received a B.A. from Harvard, an M.Div. from Westminster Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Currently vice president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Wayne has authored seven books. He and his wife, Margaret, have three grown sons.
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If you're egalitarian or undecided, as I was, this is the most current and comprehensive source for the complementarian position. Read it, and please let me know if you disagree with some of the contents, I'm genuinely interested in learning.
Every man and woman in ministry, whether lay or full-time, needs to get this book and read it! It is accessible, although not a quick read. It would be good to read through a chapter at a time, and really get a grasp on each chapter. Grudem's understanding of the issue of evangelical feminism is thorough and insightful. Chapter 14 is an excellent summary of how this issue is affecting churches today, and is actually comforting to those of you who may be in the middle of dealing with a push towards egalitarian thinking in your church or ministry leadership.
Don't let the other negative reviews fool you. Grudem does not have a narrow view of women in the church. Nor are his views inconsistent or illogical. These other reviewers obviously have a bone to pick with Grudem and his years of scholarly work that basically obliterate the flimsy hermeneutics that prop up egalitarianism.
We(my wife and I)think Miller, who wrote a review below, has not understood the contexts of each chapters and the related verses thru out the Bible. Even if he want to delete 1 Cor. 14:33-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-15 from the bible, the same complementarian view does still very exists. We don't have anythings to say to brothers and sisters who hold the egalit. view. But we only want to pray for them and hope God will open their minds and hearts and will restore their understandings to the truth revealed and ordained by Him. As the previous oppossed evolutionist's view in the past century, now it has been more and more acceptted that we must have more than faith to believe in the evolution!!! God has placed several or hundreds of false teachings to test Christianinty and Church tru out the past centuries. We have to stand firmly on God Word, not waved by and on any philosophy and culture that usually changes as time passes in this sinful world. All we need is Wisdom from above.
We can not understand why some people are holding the view of egalitarians. Everything in the bible all points to submission "hypotasso" and authority. We are equal as human beings especially as believers in Christ but at the same time we are obviously different from one another. Submission does not mean inferiority as some assume it to be. Submission is a special previledge as Christ Jesus to His Father. This is the absolute fact that everyone should appreciate. We are placed differently in roles and in variuos authorities in the real world. In the church Christ has placed someone in charge for taking care of His Body. All the biblical words and contexts point to Men to work as this office. We am very disappointed with egalit views that always insert too much of world wisdom that changed with time into God Word. We now start to pray for them for God to give them the divine wisdom from above. Egalitarians are destroying God's plans and wills by disobeying and violating His very Word.
In the end we don't want to talk too much but a second after you and us die, you and us will surely know the truth. We hope Christ will forgive you who are the egalitarians while living in this sinful world. There is one truth not two in this subject. We confidently choose to stand on the plain reading of 1 Timothy 2:11-15 and including others passages (like 1 Corinth 11, 1 corinth 14, Ephesus 5, 1 Peter 3 to name a few!!!). We think we have not been wavering by the false teachings introduced by someone who call themselve biblical scholars!!!