The debate over the role of women in the church is not diminishing. Complementarians argue that men and women are equal but have distinctive roles, while egalitarians argue against role distinctions.
Women, Slaves, and the Gender Debate: A Complimentarian Response to the Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic is a timely reply to the exegetical questions and hermeneutical foundations of the egalitarian movement. Arguing that egalitarians must construct an unusual and ultimately indefensible hermeneutic, Bejamin Reoch provides a strong argument in favor of complimentarianism.
Nonetheless, the egalitarians 'redemptive-movement' hermeneutic has gained support. Advocates concede many of the exegetical conclusions made by complementarians about relevant Bible passages, but find strength in arguing that the Bible moves us beyond these specific instructions--e.g., the Bible's command for slaves to "submit to their masters", but that basic principles in the Bible point toward the abolition of slavery.
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