Exploring the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism

Category: Equality in Marriage

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Paul on Gender Roles in Ministry and Marriage

A few verses in Paul’s letters are frequently cited by Christians who exclude women from some ministries. Did Paul really restrict women in either ministry or marriage? This is part 3 of a series on gender roles in the Bible.

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John Paul II on Mutual Submission in Marriage

The stance of the Roman Catholic Church in regards to mutual submission in marriage is much more egalitarian than the stance of many evangelicals. Here are some interesting excerpts from the Vatican document on the “Dignity of Women” (Mulieris Dignitatem).

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Tertullian on Equality and Mutuality in Marriage

Tertullian, famous for once describing women as “the devil’s gateway,” wrote some wonderful things about equality and mutuality in marriage. He did not regard the household code in Ephesians as either comprehensive or prescriptive.

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Jesus on Divorce, Remarriage and Adultery

Churches that misunderstand Jesus’ teaching on divorce increase the suffering and scandal of divorced members. What is the context of Jesus’ teaching on divorce? Did he teach that all second marriages, with a former spouse still living, are adulterous? I argue from scripture that he didn’t.

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Egalitarian Books and Resources on Christian Marriage

Here are 10+ books and resources on Christian marriage written for engaged and married couples, and for marriage counsellors and pastors. They all have an egalitarian, or mutualist, perspective.

Do you have experience with these resources? Are there others that should be added to this list?

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Plutarch and Paul on Husbands and Wives

Plutarch and Paul on Husbands and Wives

While reading Plutarch’s “Advice to the Bride and Groom,” it struck me that some Christians sound like Plutarch ( a 1st-century pagan author), rather than like Paul, in what they say about men and women and marriage.

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Giving the Church a Bad Name

Some Sydney Anglicans have caused a kerfuffle by bringing their pet doctrine of “wifely submission” into the public arena this week. If Peter Jensen isn’t shy about continuing the debate on this subject, I guess I shouldn’t be shy either.

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Women, Eve and Deception

Does the Bible teach that women are more easily deceived, or more deceptive, than men? In this article I take a quick look at what the Bible says about women and deception, and especially at Eve.

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Do complementarians mean "role" or "rank"

Who is the “head”?

This is a critique of Mary Kassian’s article “Sex in the Shadowlands” in which she applies the word “head” to more than God, Jesus, and husbands.

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Leading Together in the Home

Leviticus 19:3 says “Every one of you shall reverence his mother and father …” I decided to search for other verses that also mention “mother” first. Here’s what I found.

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Mark Chanski on Gender Roles

Complementarian Mark Chanski seems to think that men and women each have just one role or one position they are to play and maintain throughout their lives. I disagree. A short video demonstrates my point.

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Towards Equality – My Story

This is my account about how I went from thinking that a gender hierarchy in marriage and ministry was God’s design to realising that equality and mutuality is scriptural and God’s ideal.

I have included some of my personal views on topics related to biblical equality or “Casteless Christianity”. [3000 words]

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