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Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without HierarchyInterVarsity Press / 2005 / Trade Paperback$25.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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A comprehensive defense of biblical manhood and womanhood, this handbook provides readers with an invaluable "encyclopedia" of responses to 118 evangelical feminist arguments against traditional gender roles.
Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books, including Systematic Theology, Evangelical Feminism, PoliticsAccording to the Bible, and Business for the Glory of God.
Evangelical Quarterly 78 (2006): 6584. UK.
Though the [books] contents reflect Grudems commendable scholarly research and clear thinking, he also presents the material in an extraordinarily well-organized format and in highly readable prose...Grudem proves masterful in his refutation of the arguments [of egalitarianism]. Yet, he maintains an unusually irenic and charitable spirit in so doing, for which he is to be commended... [This book] should be read by anyone who wants to understand both Scripture and the current debate on this theme. I highly recommend this new volume by Dr. Grudem as the appropriate follow-up to and extension of the discussion in the earlier volume, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
-Richard L. Mayhue,
The Masters Seminary Journal. USA.
Impressive...Leaves no stone unturned. Grudem deals with every question imaginable that is connected with the biblical texts on the topic from Genesis 1 to 1 Timothy 2...In all cases Grudem tries to argue in the best way possible, taking into account the most recent research and literature on each topic...The book is meant to be used as a reference book when looking for answers to a specific argument in the debate.
Evangelical Review of Theology 32 (2008): 27577. USA.
In this day and age, any serious student of the Bible must wrestle with its teachings on the role of men and women. Featuring meticulous research in an easy questions-and-answer format, Wayne Grudems book is an invaluable resource.
-Mary A. Kassian,
Professor of Women's Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild
After the Bible, I cannot imagine a more useful book for finding reliable help in understanding Gods will for manhood and womanhood in the church and the home. The practical design of this book will help laypeople find answers without having to read eight hundred pages. But the rigor of scholarship, the amazing thoroughness, and the unparalleled clarity (which Wayne Grudem is justly famous for!) will make this book the standard complementarian manifesto for many years to come. I thank God and stand in respectful awe of Grudems achievement.
founder, Desiring God Ministries; chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
The entire body of Christ owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Wayne Grudem for his effort in producing this outstanding, comprehensive work; for his courage in taking on what has become a Goliath within the camp of modern-day evangelicalism; and for his noncombative, gracious spirit in doing so. Those who love the truth will find here an invaluable resource in a user-friendly format that is both scholarly and accessible. They cannot help but appreciate this fair, thorough, warmhearted treatment of one of the most significant issues facing the church today.
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss,
author, Biblical Womanhood in the Home; radio host, Revive Our Hearts
The gender issue may well be the critical fault line for contemporary theology. Controversies over these issues involve basic questions of biblical authority, Gods order and design for creation, and Christs purpose for the church. Wayne Grudem cuts through the confusion, making Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth an important book that is urgently needed. This book belongs in the hands of every pastor, seminary student, and thinking person.
-R. Albert Mohler Jr.,
President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
In a troubling debate, resolution of which is currently out of sight, this extended monograph is a must-read for all who care about biblical authority, Christian relationships, and well-ordered church life. Laboriously and exhaustively, with clarity, charity and a scholars objectivity, Wayne Grudem sifts through 118 current challenges to the Bibles apparent teaching on men and women. This is the fullest and most informative analysis available, and no one will be able to deny the cumulative strength of the case this author makes, as he vindicates the older paths.
-J. I. Packer,
Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College; author, Knowing God
Gods beautiful plan for manhood and womanhood is under attack today, Wayne Grudems response to the onslaught of misinformation and distortion from evangelical feminists is clear, biblically sound, scholarly, and yet easy to grasp. If youve been sitting on the sidelines, if youve been indifferent on this issue, its time to care. The stakes are too high to remain uninformed and silent. This book will equip you with truth and inspire you to stand your ground.
Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, Maryland; author, Dug Down Deep
Wayne Grudem has produced an invaluable resource for refuting the confusing and tortured arguments evangelical feminists are using to redefine womens roles in the church and home. His masterful work helps clarify what is at risk in this life-and-death issuenothing less than the doctrine of God and the doctrine of Scripture. I highly recommend it.
author, Disciplines of a Godly Woman
Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth is a tour de force. Over the last twenty years, no one has articulated, clarified, specified, and defended the Bibles teaching on male and female role relationships in the home and church better than Wayne Grudem, and he once again shows that he is master of this field. Grudem faithfully and carefully sets out Gods instruction on this important aspect of Christian discipleship and then answers the whole range of questions and excuses that are raised against the plain teaching of Scripture. His analysis is trenchant, his presentation persuasive, his scope comprehensive, his grasp magisterial. In the old days, mathematicians and logicians would often place three letters at the end of a completed equation or proof: QED, an abbreviation of the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum (literally that which was to be demonstrated) indicating that the problem had been solved and the matter settled definitively. Well, you can write a QED at the end of this book. The debate is over. The only question now is whether we will bow our hearts to the authority of the Lords inspired, inerrant, perspicuous Word on the matter of biblical manhood and womanhood.
-J. Ligon Duncan,
John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
If you love truth more than feminism, you will treasure this book. If you love feminism more than truth, you will despise it.
In his exhaustive treatment of the evangelical feminist debate, Wayne Grudem proves that the Word of God is still authoritative for all issues of faith and practice. His through scholarship, combined with a direct approach in an easy-to-read style, makes this work a vital reference for every Christian library.
Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland, Ohio
Forty years of feminist indoctrination has replaced a sound Christian worldview in many of our churches and seminaries. Wayne Grudem explores some of the most contentious issues in the church today and bases his studied responses upon Scripture and sound Christian doctrine. I recommend this book highly, especially to those women who have endured feminist studies in our colleges and universities and are trying to evaluate that teaching in light of their Christian profession of faith.
Executive Vice President, Focus on the Family; author, Feminism: Mystique or Mistake?
As an evangelical woman dedicated to standing under Scripture, and more especially as a professor of theology in womens studies, I am deeply indebted to Wayne Grudem for his careful research, clear exegesis, and faithful theological foundations. In Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth, he has provided another valuable resource for women and men who want to remain faithful to biblical guidelines while keeping their hearts turned to humble service to Christ. I will be adding this volume to my personal desk resources, recommending it to my students to consider in their spiritual journeys, and encouraging anyone seeking answers to difficult questions to examine the proposals found in this timely work.
-Dorothy Kelley Patterson,
Professor, Theology in Women's Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wayne Grudem provides evangelical churches with a reverent, kind, thoughtful, and ultimately decisive answer to the shaky logic and questionable exegesis often advocated by feminists, who wish to overturn twenty centuries of Christian history and the clear witness of Holy Scripture.
President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
With diplomacy and world-class scholarship, Wayne Grudem has taken on not just some of the thorny questions, but the entire briar patch! This book will be used and referenced by scholars, church leaders, and laymen and laywomen for decades.
While our culture is careening out of control in its understanding of what it means to be a man or a woman, the winds of change have swept into evangelical circles and caused no little controversy. Many are confused by the streams of books and articles from evangelical feminists. In this magnificently clear and comprehensive work, Wayne Grudem calls the church of Jesus Christ back to the Scriptures, showing that the Bible itself prescribes different roles for men and women. Remarkably, almost every question a reader might have on this subject is answered here. This book is a treasure and a resource demonstrating that the complementarian view is biblical and beautiful.
-Thomas R. Schreiner,
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
This book is the most thorough refutation of evangelical feminism you can get. Not only is it well organized and easy to navigate, but it provide the most up-to-date research on nearly every conceivable argument being put forth by egalitarians. And it is written with the superior precision and clarity we have come to expect from Wayne Grudem. Every Christian who is concerned about the negative impact of evangelical feminism, or who just wants to get up to speed on the debate, should take advantage of this great resource.
Senior Fellow, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
The evangelical world has waiting a long time for such a comprehensive work on what has become, sadly, a controversial topic. This is the most thorough, balanced, and biblically accurate treatment of feminism and the Bible I have seen. It also exudes kindness and grace, qualities sorely needed for meaningful dialogue on this foundational issue.
Author, Tender Warrior
This is an indispensable reference work. Wayne Grudems repeated call for upholding the equal worth, sanctity, and spiritual giftedness of both sexes should be welcomed by all sides. A major contribution to an increasingly crucial discussion.
-Robert W. Yarbrough,
Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
SLM5 Stars Out Of 5Immensely helpfulAugust 21, 2014SLMQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There 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.