This past Tuesday was International Women’s Day, a day designed to “celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.”
Within evangelical Christianity the role of women within the church, home, and society continues to be a hotly debated issue. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood argues for a Complementarian approach to gender roles, while Christians for Biblical Equality argues for an Egalitarian approach.
Within this discussion/debate, I land firmly within the egalitarian camp. I believe it to be the most biblically coherent and defensible position, and at the end of the day that is my bottom-line. There are quality arguments that are made from the other side, and while I’ve sought to really understand where complimentarians are coming from–theologically, biblically, philosophically, socially, etc.–I have found the arguments for the complimentarian position to be lacking.
I’ve spent a lot of time digging into this issue, because our theology regarding human image-bearers, both male and female, is extremely important. Our core convictions in this area have enormous implications for countless dimensions of our lives. That’s why I believe it is the responsibility of every Christian to thoughtfully and thoroughly engage the Bible and excellent scholarly research on this issue.
I’ve already linked to the two main organizations that represent each position, but here are some extra links that I’ve come across in the last few weeks that I’ve wanted to pass along:
- The Evangelical Covenant Church’s Women in Ministry resource page.
- Part 1 and Part 2 of Philip B. Payne’s Response to Kevin DeYoung’s “Our Pro-Women, Complimentarian Jesus” article.
- And lastly this excellent video from a Ravi Zacharias in response to the question, “Does God favor a gender?”