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Evangelical Feminism & Biblical Truth: An Analysis of More Than One Hundred Disputed Questions [Paperback]

By Wayne A. Grudem (Author)
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Bible scholar Wayne Grudem debates the feminist argument that men and women'sroles are interchangeable.

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Egalitarians, or evangelical feminists, consider men's and women's roles in the home and church to be interchangeable. In this helpful book, Bible scholar Wayne Grudem considers over a hundred egalitarian arguments and finds them contrary to the Bible. According to Grudem, the Bible teaches that God values men and women equally. However, their roles in home and church are complementary to each other, not interchangeable. Arguing against both feminism on the left and male chauvinism on the right, his carefully researched handbook is a valuable resource defending the complementarian viewpoint.

God created us, male and female, in His image.

So what does that mean?

Has the modern church suffered a tragic loss of the beauty of manhood and womanhood as created by God? Has the feminist influence within today’s evangelical church led to a rejection of the effective authority of the Bible? In this reasoned, comprehensive response to more than one hundred controversial claims from evangelical feminists, biblical scholar Wayne Grudem answers these questions and examines the egalitarian perspective on every major doctrinal issue, including: What the Bible says about the roles of men and women in marriage Women in the church and in church leadership Theology and the concepts of equality, fairness, and justice Claims that a complementarian view is harmful

“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” — J. I. Packer

“This is the most thorough, balanced, and biblically accurate treatment of feminism and the Bible I have seen” — Stu Weber

“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” — John Piper

Story Behind the Book

I would like to see this book as the “final answer” to the question of feminsm in the church today. There has been a lot of controversy and debate in the church on this subject and I have used the Bible exclusively to answer the question of feminism in the church. This book must not be portrayed as anti-women, or as putting women down in any way. This book will seek throughout to elevate and honor women, to regard them as equal in value to men yet with different God-given roles. This book fairly presents arguments and facts, leading people to conclude for themselves that evangelical feminism is clearly contrary to Scripture.
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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Studio: Multnomah Books
Pages   864
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.75"
Weight:   2.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 4, 2004
Publisher   Multnomah Books
ISBN  157673840X  
ISBN13  9781576738405  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Wayne A. Grudem currently resides in the state of Illinois. Wayne A. Grudem was born in 1948.

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Flawed from the start  Apr 24, 2008
First, so the big problem with this book is, like most books of this ilk, it puts the words of Paul over the words of Christ. This is a huge problem amongst those who view feminism as a dirty word. The words of Christ speak of equality and never create a position where men are viewed as superior to women. The sources of inequality come from instead early church leaders. This is the problem when one tries to view the bible as inerrant. Inerracy is a later church doctrine that wasn't even present in the initial years of the church. This does not mean we should follow and pick and choose christianity, but instead we must recognize the biases of the authors of the books of the new testament and we must also understand the intent behind what the authors are writing.

Second, 1 Cor. 14:33-35 most likely wasn't even part of the original letters of Paul, but was added later, so any analysis based on this verse, is pretty much wrong. (the s in letters is appropriate I Corinthians actually seems to be a compilation of multiple letters).

Third, equality between the sexes cannot exist if one sex is put in higher authority than another. To argue otherwise is just pretty ridiculous. It is like arguing that a slave was somehow equal to his master - just stupid.

Fourth, it is sad little books like this that attempt to create a mythology of equality in inequal tenants that prevent a true discussion on what it means to be a Christian and what Christ expects from us. During the initial years of the church there were female church leaders (Junia is an interesting one). Christ had females amongst his followers (Mary Magdelene). Christ first appeared to women. Christianity spread so much in its initial years in part because of the equality it offered women. To try to argue that somehow this equality should not exist makes a mockery of the teachings of Christ. Finally we are reaching the point in Christianity where we can piece together the early Christian church and truly search for the intent of Christ. But instead of pursuing worthy scholarly goals like reviewing ancient documents for support of the teachings of Christ or piecing together the history surrounding the writing of the new testament so that we can fully understand what it teaches us, these books come out alienating members of christianity and spitting in the face of what Christ stood for.
The best book on Evangelical Feminism ever  Dec 11, 2007
This book by Dr. Grudem is simply the best one written on the topic of evangelical feminism available. No other theologian presents such an objective view of a topic that has been hijacked by feminists. Dr. Grudem examines each egalitarian claim, and then refutes it using logic, Greek and Hebrew language skills, and biblical truths. And throughout the book, Dr. Grudem is gracious to those whom he is proving wrong. I found there to be no malice anywhere in the book; just sincerely held, biblically correct complementarian beliefs.
Comprehensive Defense of Complementarianism  Nov 26, 2007
This is some book! By that I mean that Evangelical Feminism & Biblical Truth is about as comprehensive a treatment of the issue of the proper biblical roles of men and women in the home and in the church as anyone could hope to find--856 pages, 80+ pages of which are bibliography and indexes, 8 appendices totaling over 200 pages, and 536 pages of text--all painstakingly documented and referenced.

Grudem argues for the complementarian viewpoint, which holds that the equal value and dignity of the sexes do not mean that men and women have the same God-given roles in marriage or the church. (I would consider myself a complementarian--although not necessarily a studied one--so I was not reading this book as someone whose bias is critical of this viewpoint.) However, no matter what your personal view is--complementarian or egalitarian--if you are interested in this issue, you will find this book invaluable for the careful documentation of the arguments for both sides. I wish everyone writing books arguing for a particular viewpoint were as fair as Grudem is in his representation of the arguments of the other side. In fact, he solicits comments from any egalitarian author who thinks he has unfairly quoted or summarized their arguments, giving an address for their complaints to be sent to.

In the first two chapters of this book, the positive case for the complementarian viewpoint is given. In the bulkiest section of the book, chapters 3-12, Grudem systematically answers the arguments made by egalitarians. If you've heard the argument made, you will undoubtedly find it set out for you in this section, right alongside Grudem's evaluation of the claim. There are 118 egalitarian claims examined in detail in this middle section of the book. Even if you don't read this section clear through from start to finish, you should find it handy to have as a reference, no matter where you hang your hat on this issue.

The two summary chapters of the book contain Grudem's argument that evangelical feminism tends to lead to other liberal positions within a church, and an overview of the viewpoints held by the various denominations and parachurch organizations. He ends the text with some of his personal observations and opinion as to how and why egalitarianism is advancing in the church and what complementarians ought to do about it.

Then there are the previously mentioned appendices, which are almost a book in themselves, and just as interesting and informative as the regular text of the book. They include, for instance, two lengthy works on the meaning of the Greek word translated head. If you've heard many egalitarian arguments, you know that the meaning of this word figures large in their arguments.

To sum up, if this is an issue you care about, then you'll want to read this book in order to make sure you have a full grasp of the arguments on both sides. And your library is lacking if you don't have this book as a reference to draw from. If you, like me, are not a scholar, you'll appreciate that while Wayne Grudem is a scholar--and this is a very scholarly piece--it is still quite readable and understandable for the nonscholar.
reference  Jun 11, 2007
Excellent source for study. Like his Bible Doctorine, it can be used by looking up points of interest or study. Well written, easily understood and well referenced.
Get this book!  May 26, 2007
The homework is done. The research is remarkably clear and cuts through the jargon of the self-styled "egalitarian" or "evangelical feminist."

Grudem's credentials are difficult to touch. He has put a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy into debunking the statements of those who oppose the authority of God's Word and who have the mendacity to call themselves Christian.

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