Daniel Kirk, Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, has posted some thoughts on whether or not Paul was a misogynist. I commend his reflections to all, even those who may disagree with him. I especially appreciate him framing his comments by questions of what the Bible is, what we should expect from it, and how we live out its authority. What does everyone think?
Issues about the Gospel, Scripture (especially Paul), and New Creation on the one hand and gender, the Bible’s “view” on women, and patriarchy on the other hand are paramount in our current cultural contexts. How we as a church wrestle with these issues carries major consequences for how our corporate living-out of Christ’s faithfulness is seen by the world in which we live. What those consequences are and how we should assess them—i.e., are they counter or contributing to the expanding of the Kingdom—often depends upon whether one aligns closer with so-called “complimentarians” or “egalitarians.” I imagine all would agree, however, that it is vital for our health as a church and our enacting of the New Creation for us to seek to live as God means for us to live in Christ as best we can—and this certainly includes wrestling with what gender is and how “it” impacts living as we are meant to live.
Put another way, issues of the Bible, Paul, and gender, reside on one pole of some major challenges for us seeking to contextualize the Gospel in our current cultural moment.