In my struggle to form my own views on this topic, I found this excellent collection of articles to be extremely helpful for understanding one side of this debate. I recommend it to anyone who is walking the same path. However, if one wants to understand both sides of this discussion well, this reading must be supplemented. "Beware the sound of one hand clapping" -always read the other side as well.
Wow! I think those who find the work offensive either haven't read it, or have their minds made up already. There is nothing in it that is in violation of Scripture. In fact, it is more Scriptural than any other book or mindset (including Egalitarian). This coming from a woman, just to make sure the reviews are more balanced.
The reviewer before me talked about how Piper exegetes Scripture when writing this book. I completely agree. The following are two passages of Scripture that back up what Pastor John Piper is saying in this book:- Colossians 3:18, 19 (ESV): "Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them."This is not to say that a woman must be meek and quiet, it means that the man makes the final decision.- 1 Timothy 2:11, 12 (ESV): "Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet."There are indeed differences in the roles of men and women both in the household and in the church, and in the church's rush to catch up with social norms (though I have no clue why we would want to do that), we lean toward feminism everywhere, such as in pastoral positions.
Good book. It draws out a controversial topic and shows how it is wrong to adapt to the modern notions of gender roles. The book aims to illustrate how God created men and women to fulfill certain roles in the church and the home (exegetically based on scripture). It also attempts to show that the is no less dignity in differing roles. Our society has a perverted idea that position determines worth and the exclusions of roles (roles that women cannot biblically carry out and roles that men cannot biblically carry out) means inequality. Props to the book for showing that differing roles that complement one another is not based on historical cultural norms, but on objective, non-changing principles that are valid and relevant for all generations.