It can be difficult raising Christian daughters today in an environment that can be socially and spiritually toxic. Even the evangelical church can sometimes send negative messages not giving women an equal voice, not inviting them into decision-making circles, and not having many visible leadership roles. As a consequence, some Christian women, especially younger ones, have felt demeaned and diminished. Yet we don't want them to turn their backs on Christianity or set up unnecessary roadblocks to faith. How can we remain faithful to the truthfulness of Scripture and at the same time affirm the equality of women? This book shows that the real issue between those who hold a complementarian view and an egalitarian view is not with biblical infallibility.
Men, women, and equality: Where is the Bible pointing us? Join the journey through the pages of Scripture and across history to see the trajectory of the Spirit. Can it be that he is taking the church back to personal wholeness and relational harmony that have eluded men and women since the Fall in the garden? Based on a high view of Scripture, this fresh look at the biblical landscape corrects misunderstandings of biblical statements on gender. demonstrates that some texts applied only to the unique historical situations they addressed. discerns the overall direction that the Holy Spirit is taking, calling the church to embrace a vision of gender equality, freedom, and mutuality. Written in an accessible style, The Journey Back to Eden offers hope and encouragement to men and women who are perplexed by gender stereotypes. The book includes questions for individual reflection or group discussion.
Glen G. Scorgie (Ph.D., St. Andrews) is professor of theology at Bethel Seminary San Diego since 1996. Previously he was academic vice-president of North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is a past president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association. For the past decade he has also been involved in the ministries of Chinese Bible Church of San Diego, and lectures regularly in Asia. His writings include A Little Guide to Christian Spirituality (2007). For more information, visit his website at www.glenscorgie.com.