Perspectives on Women in Ministry 3 (NT Wright’s Turn)
Out of Ur has posted the third installment in their series of videos offering different perspectives on women in ministry. In this video, N.T. Wright explains how he reads 1 Timothy 2 in light of other biblical texts.
Posted on February 25, 2011, in The Church and tagged gender, gender roles, sexuality, women in ministry. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
I think it’s funny that if you don’t affirm the role of women in every position of ministry in the church (or even just specific roles of ministry that people have in mind), you are automatically accused of limiting the role of women to serving cookies at socials. I really like Wright, which makes me sad that we disagree on a couple of significant things. I blame it on my Baptist upbringing….. and Marc Cortez!
That kind of put me to sleep. I think the best thing for Egalitarians to do is move on, stop calling themselves Egalitarians (as if they are a particular type of Christian) and act like their position is the normal, default position, and then balk when someone asks them to defend their views on women in ministry like they were asking them to defend why slavery is wrong.
Seriously, I think the battle is won and the best thing to do is move forward and ignore those who disagree.
Dang, I just realized how inflammatory my comments sounded. Wright, didn’t almost put me to sleep but it was hard to keep my attention on what he was saying. It may be his style, I don’t know. And I’m not comparing a certain view to slavery, just to be clear. I just think Egals should stopping fighting a battle that seems already won, and just move on and do what they do and ignore this debate.
No worries. A little inflammation is good for the soul.
I’m not sure that egalitarians can move on quite so easily, though. In American evangelicalism, at least, the debate is far from over. It would be interesting to see what percentage of American evangelicals attend churches that are complementarian in either theology or in practice. I’m guessing it’s not a small percentage. And, since egalitarians see even the best form of complementarianism as inherently bad for at least half of the people attending those churches (really all of them), I’m not sure that it’s really the kind of thing that they can just take a pass on.