Odds & Ends -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 16:1 (Spring 2011)
Article: Odds & Ends
Author: Anonymous


Odds & Ends

An Egalitarian Gets Biblical

Rachel Held Evans is an egalitarian, and she wants to live according to the Bible for one year … just to see what it’s like. Her aim is to follow all the commands of the Bible that are directed towards women. Among other things, this project will include “submitting” to her husband as Col 3:18 teaches. She invites everyone to follow along on her blog (http://rachelheldevans.com) to track her progress. Thomas Nelson has agreed to publish a book in 2012 describing her year of living obediently. [Read the announcement of her project here: http://rachelheldevans.com/womanhood-announcement]

There is an irony in the description of her project. She says that she is going to obey the Bible’s commands as “literally” as possible. She seems to be admitting that the “literal” interpretation of Col 3:18 involves following the leadership of her husband. That would seem to be a counterintuitive admission for such a committed egalitarian. Does she really mean to concede the literal interpretation of this pivotal text to complementarians?

In any case, it looks like the real aim of her experiment and book is to discredit complementarianism. The only problem is that she is not really trying out complementarianism. She’s conflated Old Testament law with New Testament norms and has labelled it “living biblically.” But no complementarian that I ever heard of would consider such a conflation as “living biblically.” For that reason, this work looks to be more of an eccentricity than a contribution. I am sure it will make for an interesting book, but I am not hopeful that this project will move forward the evangelical conversation about the Bible’s teaching on gender roles.

—Denny Burk

Moral Collapse at Ms. Magazine

For almost forty years, Ms. magazine has been the most famous voice of the feminist movement in print. Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972, the magazine is stalwartly feminist, retaining the language and spirit of the feminism of the 1970s. In other words, Ms. is the voice of feminist ideological orthodoxy. And the demand for unrestricted abortion rights is at the center of that ideology.

That’s what makes the Winter 2011 edition of the magazine so interesting—and so disturbing. The issue features an article by Madeline Wheeler entitled “Saving the Girl Child,” which offers a report on “India’s epidemic of female infanticide and sex-selection abortion” (Madeline Wheeler, “Saving the Girl Child,” Ms. [Winter 2011]).

The appearance of that article does come as something of a surpr...

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