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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

An argument for women pastors

It seems to me that the Bible contradicts itself on this issue (as it does on many things) and when that happens we need to weigh the two sides and see which side makes more sense in light of the entire scripture. So on the one side we have the "Women can pastor" argument which rests on:

* the Christian principal that we are all equal in Christ
* the examples of women leaders that God chose, like the ones who were responsible for telling that Jesus rose from the dead

While the "women can't pastor" argument rests on

* Paul's interpretation of the creation story
* the idea that women are not of lesser value but instead have a different "role"
* an instruction Paul gave to a church

The "role" argument is very flimsy in my opinion, because in that argument- men can teach women and children and women can teach only children. And children can learn. But what about when Jesus taught in the temple as a child of 12? Clearly it's not a sin to step outside your "role". I see role as a general guideline for how life is, but not a command.

In regards to the creation argument I was thinking that "being created first" isn't a good argument for role or animals would be over man. But that's exactly what Paul is inferring “Adam was created first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived.” And nothing in the OT suggests why Eve was chosen by Satan to tempt first. In fact, you could more easily argue that she was chosen for deception because she got instructions from God second hand- a lesson to us that we should all communicate directly with God. If Paul's interprettations and instructions were valued equally to all other Biblical instruction than we would be following his instruction to women to remain completely silent in church and only ask their husbands questions at home. But we don't, because we have to weigh the whole Bible against itself and look at the surrounding circumstances of each verse....

...which in this case was a preference he was sharing with a friend not a universal command.


  • At 12:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Where did all of this come from? We need to talk more.


  • At 1:21 PM, Blogger Deena said…

    No where in particular. Just thinking aloud.


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