Complementarianism and Egalitarianism: the coming divide

Some great posts happening at The Sola Panel.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

(via Mark)

*Edit: Part 4 is now up.

While I think these posts are excellent, I do think there is an aspect that is missing in this discussion. In my own exchanges with egalitarians it has been made very clear that for them there is an experiential aspect to their conclusion. For them (the people I have had interaction with) the basis of their exploration and final conviction of egalitarianism is that when complementarianism goes wrong, it goes *extremely* wrong, and generally for the woman. Some of the woman were themselves the victim of this – their husbands and/or pastors using complementary teachings as an excuse for behaviour that is nothing short of abuse of the woman in their lives. We need to engage in this part of the discussion too. First and foremost recognise that what these women have experienced is absolutely wrong and terrible, and (remembering our unity in Christ) humbly walk with them through their healing process.

If you want a glimpse into what I’m talking about read the comments on this post (particularly those from molleth).

2 thoughts on “Complementarianism and Egalitarianism: the coming divide

  1. Thanks for the observation. In the mega-series I have vaguely sketched out, it is going to be addressed at some point (at least in my intentions), as I think it is something that needs to be looked at. For those with eyes to see it’s been gestured at with the egal criticism that comp makes abuse more likely, and will be making an appearance at the end of the next series, that begins with the end of this one, where I’ll be encouraging comp churches to treat women and men well and not in an authoratarian manner as an important aspect of drawing ‘semi-egals’ back. So it is on the agenda – and I’m glad to see that I’m not alone in thinking that is a key existential part of this whole issue.

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