Her.meneutics: The Gender Debates Come to Her.meneutics

Christianity Today‘s Her.meneutics blog hosted two posts on the issue of women in leadership:

William Webb the egalitarian: Her.meneutics: The Gender Debates Come to Her.meneutics.

Russell Moore the complementarian:  Her.meneutics: The Her.meneutics Gender Debates (Part 2).

I think both make good points, but personally, I like Webb’s arguments better (perhaps because of my own perspective on this issue).

Particularly moving is Webb’s story of how he lost his job because of convictions and writings about women.  It’s great to see a man risk his job advocating for women.  I would like to think I’d be willing to do that, but I’m not sure.

Which perspective do you think is more convincing?  Why do you think CT decided not include a woman in the debate?  The interviewer was a woman (Rachel Stone).


  1. I am more convinced by the egalitarian viewpoint. I too wondered why CT didn’t have women represent the views. It does seem inconsistent to me to be willing to have a woman president, governor, senator, congressman, etc. but yet not allow a woman pastor.

    Thanks for your posts about God Behaving Badly. This is surely one of the most important issues to deal with in apologetics.

  2. I respect what is said by both of these men, but I have to say I side with the egalitarian view point. I do like what Moore has to say in the last section though about the loss of the unique beauty of womanhood. I think it goes without saying that as a Christian I don’t see pornography or abortion as empowering towards women. I do not think either that women have to simply act like men to achieve equality. The Feminist revolution has meant in many ways that women have embraced cut-throat, oppressive values that have been so disastrous for men as well. I think “patriarchy” has more to do with this twisted way of being than authentic masculinity. I like how Webb describes himself as a Complementary Egalitarian. I think that describes how I feel as well. Men and women are different, they have different gifts. They bring different things to a relationship. I think when a woman has a position of leadership, she often leads in a uniquely feminine way. That is a good thing.

    I also thought it was sort of ironic that CT chose two men to represent the two views. There are plenty of women of both sides.

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