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Christians for Biblical Equality

Theology

The orthodox doctrine of the Trinity and the argument that the eternal subordination in authority of the Son is the ground for the permanent subordination of women in authority. Giles
See Kevin Giles, The Trinity and Subordinationism: the Doctrine of God and the Contemporary Gender Debate, InterVarsity, 2002; Jesus and the Father: Modern Evangelicals Reinvent the Trinity, Zondervan, 2006.
The debate
I am sure that most of you are aware that today one of the most commonly heard arguments in evangelical and charismatic circles for the permanent subordination of women is the Trinity argument. It goes like this: In the Trinity the Father has authority over the Son and this is a model for the man-woman relationship. Divine life in heaven prescribes how men and women should be ordered on earth. It is often put this way: in heaven the Father is head over the Son and on earth men are head over women, at least in the home and the church.

Rev. Matt Williams
2nd May 2011

Nearly four years ago
I married my wife, Jenny.

At the reception, I had the last word,
as preachers are wont to do.

Let me read you an excerpt from that speech.

“When I first knew Jenny was interested in me,
I was very reluctant.

Not because I didn't think she was wonderful,
but because I thought her rather too wonderful.

The topic tonight is whether women should be permitted to teach men and the immediate corollary of this, whether they can be ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament. Both issues are related to the issue of women exercising leadership in the church. I will deal only tangentially with gender relationships within the family viz: submission of women to men. The key areas to be covered are the individual Scriptural texts, the example of Jesus and Paul and theological reflections. At the end of this paper it will be evident that the topic has raised deeper issues of whether women are fully human and whether our particular personal theological home is willing and capable of incorporating an alternative theological view even if it is derived from Scripture.
The aim tonight is not to give a highly detailed exposition of individual texts. There is simply not enough time. What I want to do is give a clear, concise and coherent overview of the main Biblical texts which are usually disputed.

THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF
MARITAL SUBMISSION
STEVEN R. TRACY*
I. INTRODUCTION:
WHY ANOTHER PAPER ON MARITAL SUBMISSION?
For several decades evangelicals have wrestled with the issue of gender roles, including marital submission. Thus, the
question arises: Do we really need another article on marital submission? An evaluation of the current evangelical literature
in fact reveals that very much and very little has been written.
In terms of sheer volume, hundreds of books and numerous ministries address the subject of marital submission; in that
way much has been written.2 But a closer inspection of the literature and a careful assessment of contemporary culture
reveal that very little has been written which addresses the parameters of marital submission in terms of the specific issues
that are increasingly confronting Christian women.

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