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Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood: A Reponse to Evangelical Feminism
Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood: A Reponse to Evangelical Feminism
by John Piper & Wayne Grudem
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

24 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty hermeneutics reduce this sandcastle...to sand, 9 April 2006
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics (1982), which was drawn up under the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, contains guidelines of principles of interpretation to which most scholars who hold a high view of Scripture adhere.
I believe Piper and Grudem, as evangelicals, would agree to these principles. What is unfortunate is that they have not applied a basic principle of hermeneutics to their own book, thus undermining the study from the word 'go'. This principle they fail to apply is that of the inductive approach to Bible study, where one gathers all evidence on a subject before formulating a thesis.
Instead, Piper and Grudem state in Chapter One that the essence of masculinity is to lead women and the essence of feminity is to submit to men. The rest of the book is then a development of this thesis. The danger of such an approach is that the writers' culture or their personnal preference become the starting point rather than the Word of God. The question of this book's approach to Scriptures is thus, by no means, a secondary issue!
The approach widely upheld by evangelical scholars is not this deductive method but an inductive method that searches all of Scriptures. On the issue of women, this inductive approach would cause the student of the Bible to research and analyse EVERY PLACE IN THE BIBLE that speaks of an exercise of authority to see if women are ever permitted in the Bible to be in authority over a man, and if so, how and when. Piper and Grudem fail to produce this kind of work.
I do not claim to have unearthed this major flaw myself. Rather, I read this book called "RECOVERING BIBLICAL MINISTRY BY WOMEN" by George and Dora Winston (Xulon Press, available here on AMAZON). As the title indicates, it is a direct response to Piper and Grudem's book; it offers a comprehensive AND harmonious view of women in all spheres of authority (State, workplace, nature, marriage, family, Church), what one would call a biblical theology on the subject.
The Winstons do just that and by comparison, in my opinion, Piper and Grudem fail to give Scripture a chance. By adopting a deductive approach they simply superimposed their grid on the Bible and in fact let tradition and their male ego lead the way.
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Recovering Biblical Ministry by Women
Recovering Biblical Ministry by Women
by George Winston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Tradition, Nor Feminism, 8 April 2006
Finally a book on the topic of women in the Church that takes a comprehensive look at the Bible. The authors move from the OT to the NT, from clear passages to difficult ones. They take into account all major spheres of authority like the state and the workplace and of course the authors don't avoid marriage, the family and the Church. The result of their work is a biblical view of women that holds together. This 500p work is a true biblical theology on this hot potatoe of an issue. It's scholarly, no doubt, but will be easily read by anyone. A must!

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