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I have noticed (and heard about) some bad behaviour lately:
to be more specific, bad online male behaviour involving misrepresentation of
feminism and gaslighting of women. My curiosity was aroused by noticing similar patterns of
behaviour from different people in different places. How are they learning
I’ve hypothesised an educational institution exists where such behaviour can be honed
to perfection. What do you think of my proposed curriculum? What subjects
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Once upon a time, I was involved in the Monash University
branch of AFES/Intervarsity called “The Evangelical Union”.
This was the early 1980s, and young men and women alike were
leading everything. The term Complementarian wasn't yet a twinkle in Wayne
In this period, egalitarian theologians were arguing that
men and women were designed to complement one another; that we neededboth
women and men in leadership.
In society more broadly, the ideal of a gender hierarchy was
being profoundly challenged. The idea was normalised that women should have equal legal and workplace
rights to men - in theory if not in practice.
By the late 1980s, Christian conservatives who believed in a
gender hierarchy found themselves with an image problem. They were becoming theologically
marginalised, as well as out of step with society at large.
It was time for a rebranding exercise.
To quote Scot McKnight:
'Grudem tells us that he and John Piper, in editing the 1991
I’m trying to get my head around what Complementarians believe, and I think it goes something like this:
Complementarians think there is a “headship” hierarchy in the universe. God the Father has always been “head” of the God the Son. When Paul wrote about Jesus being very nature God, and emptying himself in the incarnation, that was a pretty suspect idea… definitely not Paul’s finest hour. The Trinity is a chain of command, not some quaint idea of perichoresis of three Persons equally God. The man is “head” of the woman: this is why women can’t do church leadership, or speak in church. It seems that you can teach “down” in the hierarchy of the universe, but you can’t teach “up”. Therefore men can teach men about the bible, women can teach women (equal in the "headship" hierarchy), while men and women can both teach children (who are a bit lower in the hierarchy). However, I have heard that something magical happens to boys when they turn 16 (or 18), and God suddenly gets upse…