Every one of us holds a view about the role of women. What can they do; what can’t they do? Your answers to these questions defines your bias.
“Wait, I’m not biased!”
Relax. We are all biased, and the sooner we acknowledge our biases, the sooner we can have a meaningful discussion.
“My views come straight out of scripture!”
That’s what everyone says.
We may think that our biases are informed by scripture, but often it is the other way around. We come to the Bible wearing certain lenses, and what we look through determines what we see.
What is your bias? Here are three lenses or perspectives the church has towards women:
- The traditional hierarchical view
- The complementarian view
- The egalitarian view
The traditional or hierarchical view says women are inferior to men. This was the line taken by theologians who said women were created in the image of men rather than God. Since she is inferior by design, they said, a woman’s role is to…