- Hardcover: 768 pages
- Publisher: Servant Books (June 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892830840
- ISBN-13: 978-0892830848
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 2.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Man and Woman in Christ: An Examination of the Roles of Men and Women in Light of Scripture and the Social Sciences Hardcover – June, 1980
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Clark begins with a review of scripture's teaching on roles of men and women, mainly from Genesis and the epistles. Next Clark reviews how the Fathers of the Church interpreted those passages. Finally, Clark finds some social scientists that agree with the scriptures and the Fathers. (I'll bet there were orders of magnitude more social scientists that disagreed with his position.) The social science section was probably the weakest of his arguments. Maybe it's because I place little value on social science's views on how Christians need to behave.
To put this work into context, Clark has a MA in Sociology if I remember correctly. I've always understood the social science aspects in this book to be his justification, maybe only to himself, that his Sociology degree wasn't wasted. In effect, his doctoral dissertation without the degree.
Clark built his arguments on the understanding of the roles of men and women as viewed by the early church. Clark proceeds to show the relevance of this position in the 20th century. It''s a pity the Christian Church seldom reflects these teachings from our pulpits.
The only thing better I've read on the subject is John Chrysostom's commentaries on Ephesians 5, which was one of Clark's sources. (It's also a much shorter read!)
Find his documentation well done and so useful. The material on the scriptural teachings is much more useful to the Christian church than those dealing with the sociological, community issues.
The basic insight is theological, although people today will expect engagement with the social disciplines, and Clark engages the social disciplines quite squarely in the course of writing a complete book.
It helped feed into my own Yonder (The Collected Works of CJS Hayward), which provides insights challenging the usual dichotomy of "traditional-feminist" with "traditional-masculist-feminist", an insight which Clark appeared to accept in correspondence.