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Women in Ministry: Four Views

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Should women teach men? Should they exercise authority over men? What about ordaining women? Even those who agree that Scripture must determine our answers do not agree on what it teaches. And too often differing sides have not been willing to listen to one another. Here in ove volume are the views of four deeply commited evangelicals that focus the discussion on the issue ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published June 17th 1989 by IVP Academic (first published April 30th 1989)
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Jeffrey Backlin
Jun 24, 2015 Jeffrey Backlin rated it liked it
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This book contains some variable essays: the traditional view I found to be quite unpersuasive; the limited view was very well written; the third essay had some good thoughts but was average; the last essay was again well written. I found that these essays are a good example of the difficulty and wide disagreement over key biblical texts (e.g. Junia, Phoebe in Romans 16, the Prohibition passages etc.). One confidently states that Junia was not an apostle with arguments, the other confidently sta ...more
David Blankenship
Aug 31, 2016 David Blankenship rated it really liked it
When it comes to difficult Christian subjects, there are many of these 'multi-view' books out there to read. Many of them, sadly, are not well written and rather only cease to ramp the volume of the debate or tear down the views of another side.

This book, happily, does not do this. The authors are much more civil towards one another than in similar books, even in their disagreements, and are more about defending and building up their viewpoints than tearing down others. While the first and last
David Houston
Jan 23, 2016 David Houston rated it did not like it
Had to read this for a seminary class and having read a fair bit on the subject was highly disappointed that my classmates were introduced to the subject with this book. The egalitarians did an okay job on their position but there are have been far better contributions to the debate. The complementarians sounded like neanderthals and I say that as a complementarian myself. Don't bother with this book.

If you'd like an excellent introduction to the debate on women in ministry you should pick up a
Robert Murphy
Dec 30, 2012 Robert Murphy rated it liked it
This book is a rather dated (1989) take on the "women in ministry question". I have a growing feeling that these "Four Views" book tend to pick someone on the FAAAAAR right, someone pretty conservative, someone very left and someone FAR, FAR, FAAAAR left. This book fits the pattern. Bonnidell Clouse and Robert Clouse - who write the introduction and conclusion - are both exceedingly liberal, writing that the church has had everything wrong all along and will continue to do so until ability is th ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Jason rated it liked it
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I had to read this book for a class on the Pastoral Epistles, especially the section in 1 Timothy 2 where Paul is talking about women. The book is, I think, a fair read, though I suspect like most "controversial" issues, anyone who comes to the text has already made up their mind about the issue, and is simply looking for ammo for their side (that was certainly true about me).

I will say that in reading the 4 points of view, I didn't find any of them particularly enlightening - nothing new was a
Eric Black
Sep 24, 2014 Eric Black rated it it was amazing
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While the issue is waning in importance for many individuals, churches, and denominations, the Four Views treatment is an excellent way to consider the subject of women in ministry.
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