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Good News for Women: A Biblical Picture of Gender Equality Paperback – December 1, 1996
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From Library Journal
Groothuis, a former staff member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, addresses here the issue of women and Christian ministry from an evangelical feminist point of view, with particular attention to biblical texts that evangelicals have misused to bar women from the ministry and enforce women's functional subordination both in general and especially in marriage. The author defends human equality as the basic, inherent, and universally applicable biblical teaching; she addresses traditionalist proof texts, showing that mistranslation, cultural bias, or local situation account for their seeming deviation from biblical principle. Finally, she explicitly addresses women's place not only in the ministry but also in marriage, finding mutual authority and mutual submission the best model to support Christian family and ministry. Highly recommended for public and seminary libraries.?Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
"Most evangelical discussion of the gender issue has been spent in feverish debate over the exegetical intricacies of the traditional prooftexts," writes Rebecca Merrill Groothuis. And though faithful exegesis is certainly crucial, a "myopic fixation on a handful of controversial biblical texts will not ultimately resolve the gender debate."
In Good News for Women, Groothuis looks at the Big Picture, the overall outline of biblical teaching on relationships between men and women. Written with the razor-sharp insight that prompted critical acclaim for Groothuis' first book, Good News for Women shows that biblical thought aligns more readily with gender equality than gender hierarchy, and that traditionalist prooftexts do not present an open and shut case in favor of universal male authority.
"A clear, cogent, and persuasive statement of the egalitarian view of marriage and church order."--Stanley Grenz
"The book has a solid biblical base and engages the traditionalist arguments with integrity and telling responses."--David Scholer
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You can't have it both ways. If we are going to obey the First Commandment ("Thou shalt have no other gods before ME") then we cannot teach women that they have to ask permission to make their own personal choices. This author does a remarkable job of showing that "functional subordination" and "female subordination" are completely different and thus cannot coexist. If men and women really were created equal in being by God (which complementarians admit) then the argument for female subordination completely falls apart. She also tackles the confusing theology of submission in the Trinity writing that "even if it could be demonstrated somehow that the Son is eternally subordinate to the Father, this would neither illustrate nor prove the notion of women being essentially equal yet functionally subordinate to man."
While this book is a powerful scriptural study on women in the church, it is very heavy reading. There's so many big words in each chapter that I started wondering if this book was written for a scholarly audience. The book needs some editing and more reader friendly wording. It feels like a master's level college textbook with some great nuggets that need to be in an easier to digest format.
The only complaint I have is that the writing is a bit complex at times. It takes the author a while to get to the point in some chapters but the examples are worth it. A must read for all Christians, especially pastors and the conservative segment of the church. Be prepared though, it will challenge your opinions.