Showing posts from June, 2016

Book Review: God's Good Design by Claire Smith

In God's Good Design, Smith has provided a really helpful book addressing each of the main Bible passages that relate to the roles of men and women in the church and men and women in the family.

Starting with a brief scene-setting chapter addressing the impact of feminism, the main substance of the book is in two parts. In the first (Within the Church) Smith addresses 1 Timothy 2, and 1 Corinthians 11, 1 Corinthians 14. In doing so she develops a thoroughly complementarian position from careful exegesis of the text and engages with the majority of the egalitarian views.

In the second (Within the Home) Smith addresses Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, Genesis 1-3 and Proverbs 31, with a chapter addressing questions of abuse. Again Smith develops a standard complementarian view working from the texts.

I have to say I found Smith's exegesis deeply persuasive at most points and I felt she dealt thoroughly with the common objections of egalitarians. Her argument is strong on the issues such a…

Book Review: Woman and the Bible

In this book Evans attempts to summarise the teaching of the Bible about women, coming down on what would be described as an egalitarian or evangelical feminist reading. She works through Old and New Testaments and addresses pretty much all the key passages and issues with a particular focus on women in worship and in the home (church leadership and marriage).

Although I don't agree with her conclusions, Evans is a good scholar to be in dialogue with because she is biblical, careful and thoughtful. Her work is dated to some degree (the book was first published in 1983) and this is both a benefit and a weakness. The benefit is that Evans works out of a fairly standard evangelical hermeneutic - she works hard to understand what the passages say and why and doesn't resort to importing the historical context as many more recent authors do. However, the weakness is that she rests heavily on meanings of "submit" and "head" that are generally thought to be untenabl…