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Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy [Paperback]

By Ronald W. Pierce (Editor), Rebecca Merrill Groothuis (Editor) & Gordon D. Fee (Editor)
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Discussions surrounding the roles of men and women--whether in the church, the home or society at large--never seem to end, often generating more heat than light. Such debate is still important, though, because this issue directly affects every member of Christ's body. What we believe the Bible teaches on these matters shapes nearly all we do in the church. In addition, these questions deserve further thought and reflection because neither side has won the day.

In an effort to further discussion, Ronald W. Pierce and Rebecca Merrill Groothuis (general editors), with the aid of Gordon D. Fee (contributing editor), have assembled a distinguished array of twenty-six evangelical scholars firmly committed to the authority of Scripture to explore the whole range of issues--historical, biblical, theological, hermeneutical and practical. While dispelling many of the myths surrounding biblical equality, they offer a sound, reasoned case that affirms the complementarity of the sexes without requiring a hierarchy of roles.

Contributors include Ruth A. Tucker, Janette Hassey, Richard S. Hess, Linda L. Belleville, Amda Besangon Spencer, Craig S. Keener, I. Howard Marshall, Peter H. Davids, Walter L. Liefeld, Stanley J. Grenz, Kevin Giles, Roger Nicole, William J. Webb, Sulia Mason, Karen Mason, Joan Burgess Winfrey, Judith K. Balswick, Jack O. Balswick, Cynthia Neal Kimball, Mimi Haddad, Alvera Micklesen, R. K. McGregor Wright and Alice P. Mathews.Here is a fresh, positive defense of biblical equality that is at once scholarly and practical, irenic and yet spirited, up-to-date and cognizant of opposing positions.

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Discussions surrounding the roles of men and women--whether in the church, the home or society at large--never seem to end, often generating more heat than light. Such debate is still important, though, because this issue directly affects every member of Christ's body. What we believe the Bible teaches on these matters shapes nearly all we do in the church. In addition, these questions deserve further thought and reflection because neither side has won the day. In an effort to further discussion, Ronald W. Pierce and Rebecca Merrill Groothuis (general editors), with the aid of Gordon D. Fee (contributing editor), have assembled a distinguished array of twenty-six evangelical scholars firmly committed to the authority of Scripture to explore the whole range of issues--historical, biblical, theological, hermeneutical and practical. While dispelling many of the myths surrounding biblical equality, they offer a sound, reasoned case that affirms the complementarity of the sexes without requiring a hierarchy of roles. Contributors include Ruth A. Tucker, Janette Hassey, Richard S. Hess, Linda L. Belleville, Aida Besancon Spencer, Craig S. Keener, I. Howard Marshall, Peter H. Davids, Walter L. Liefeld, Stanley J. Grenz, Kevin Giles, Roger Nicole, William J. Webb, Sulia Mason, Karen Mason, Joan Burgess Winfrey, Judith K. Balswick, Jack O. Balswick, Cynthia Neal Kimball, Mimi Haddad, Alvera Micklesen, R. K. McGregor Wright and Alice P. Mathews. Here is a fresh, positive defense of biblical equality that is at once scholarly and practical, irenic and yet spirited, up-to-date and cognizant of opposing positions."

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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Pages   528
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.34" Width: 5.84" Height: 1.52"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 25, 2005
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830828346  
ISBN13  9780830828340  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ronald W. Pierce (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He has led numerous academic study tours to Israel and Palestine and is the author of many articles and books, including "Discovering Biblical Equality" and "Partners in Marriage and Ministry."

Ronald W. Pierce was born in 1946.

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Feminist lies from Girly Man  Apr 23, 2007
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.
 
The Same Old Thing  Oct 27, 2006
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.
 
An Extraordinary Favor   Sep 7, 2005
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.
 
A Handbook For Equality  Nov 27, 2004
I am SO thankful I bought this book. It has been so helpful for understanding further what Biblical Equality means and its practical applications. It covers the gamet of thought in reference to equality, as well as addressing the "other side of the fence" in a very gracious manner. Think of it as a response to "Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Reaffirming the Patriarchy." There is also a chapter dedicated primarily to being gracious and focusing on that which we do have in common, which of course is Christ. Mud slinging helps no one. The book is laid out like this:
I. Setting the Stage (The Historical Backdrop)
II. Looking to Scripture (The Biblical Text)
III. Thinking it Through (Logical and Theological Perspectives)
IV. Addressing the Issues (Hermeneutical and Cultural
V. Living it Out (Practical Applications)

I think by far, my favourite chapter in the book is "Equal in Being, Unequal In Role". Its a very fascinating look at the "roots" of how women are viewed in the church. The thinking is not "Christian" per say, but Aristotilian. I also like how she answers critisism she recieved from others about this way of thinking. Aristotle viewed women as "other",that men were considered the normal and fully human, and that carries into complementarian thinking. Basically, complementarians deny the full humanity of females in their ideology (not sure what to call it, as its not theology in my opinion). The language complementarians use sounds acceptable to modern ears, but essentially are saying the same thing. Women are ontologically subordinate to men and are only created to be supporters of men in this world. Of course, it makes no sense when obviously women have been endowed with gifts of leadership. What I also struggle to understand from the complementarian camp, is that how can THE FALL bring about something that Christians should promote? Just because something is evident everywhere, does not make it RIGHT. If Jesus redeemed creation with his life/death/life, why were women the only people not to be fully redeemed? Complementarians are still partriachal, whether or not they like the label.
Overall, the book is full of useful information. Its has a lot of answers to commonly used arguments of complementarians, which sound quite lame when put up next to the academics of this bunch. Its an easy read because it all broken up into essays although I really wished it was a bit longer though, in spite of its length all ready.
But aside from that, I think its a book that should be used as a text book, as a balanced look at what is taught in Bible colleges across the nations. A good way to look at it, is when people learn this stuff, it cleans up the water and leaves life teeming in its midst. Life for all genders.
 

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