Archive for June 3rd, 2008

That is the $64,000 question.  Am I a “white-washed feminist?”  I’ve been raised to believe in a hierarchy within marriage (husband over wife) and in the church (men over women) and, until recently, I never questioned that belief.  Ever.  I never studied it in depth from the Bible.  I took any possible objection that might creep up in my mind and turned to Ephesians 5 and Genesis 2 and 1 Corinthians 11.  I believed for years that Evangelical Feminism couldn’t possibly have a leg to stand on.  Isn’t hierarchy within marriage “presuppositional?”  Isn’t it evident from the “plain reading” of the text?

On the surface, it appears the answer is a resounding “yes,” so why does it bother me so much?  After much contemplation, I have come to the conclusion that I need much more than a superficial, proof-texted understanding of these issues.  I don’t think the answer is as simple as people think.  I’m not at all convinced that pure rebellion is the reason that so many men and women are looking at these issues and wanting to go deeper than what they have always been taught.  So many intelligent, educated, thoughtful, kind Christian men and women are egalitarian that I can’t just accept that they think this way just because they don’t like the alternative.

So, this blog will be the place I turn to record my thoughts and my studies.  I really want some honest answers to my questions.  I really want to go deep and find out where God lies in all this.  Hopefully I will come up with some answers.


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