5 Stars Out Of 5
August 21, 2014
There are a few things that Grudem does so well that need to be highlighted:
First, Grudem is incredibly kind and winsome. As he interacts with egalitarian arguments there is not hint of malice or ill-will for them. Also, he quotes them fairly and doesn't have an agenda to exaggerate their positions to make his sound better, a lesson many in the egalitarian camp could learn from in my experience.
Second, anyone can read and understand this book. Grudem has a gift with taking deep theological concepts and difficult passages and making them understandable to anyone. He doesn't 'dumb it down' so that the educated professor thinks its for children and doesn't try to impress us with his knowledge that a child doesn't even bother trying.
Third, it is very easy to use. It's a pretty big book (766 pages before you get to the biography and other helps at the end) but he has broken everything down so well! It's not the kind of book you have to read from the beginning to find what you're looking for as the table of contents lays everything out so clearly. For the most part he writes out the question or statement he will be addressing (which is stated in the table of contents), gives concise and fair review of the reasoning behind it, and then systematically answers it one point at a time.
For those who are of the complementarian persuasion, this is a must have as it is encouraging for your own faith and helpful when you are not sure how to respond to an egalitarian argument.
For those who are of the egalitarian persuasion, this is also a must have as it presents a convincing case that needs to be wrestled with and at the very least will help give you a fair understanding of the complementarian position.
It is not that Grudem is infallible in any way, shape or form or even that his convictions about how the truth is applied should be followed to the tee (in fact, he doesn't even try to do this...he does give his personal conviction but he is very careful to help us wrestle with how to apply it for ourselves, just see pages 91-92) but he has a high view of Scripture and the points he makes need to be considered carefully by all who care about what the Bible says about this topic.