‘Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism?’ – A Review
A review by Jonathan Watson of Wayne Grudem’s Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism? (Crossway), 272 pp, paperback, £5.99 / $15.99.
This is an important book that every pastor and church officer ought to read! Let not Wayne Grudem’s well-known and controversial views on the prophetic gift prejudice any reader against purchasing this well-written book. The evangelical church owes the author a great debt for this excellent summary and critical assessment of the various arguments put forward by ‘evangelical feminists’ (or ‘egalitarians’), in favour of the ordination of women.
What is really at stake here is the authority of Scripture. Grudem clearly shows that the tendency of each egalitarian argument is towards theological liberalism – that way of thinking that denies the complete truthfulness of the Bible as the Word of God and denies the unique and absolute authority of the Bible on our lives. He also uses well-researched findings to demonstrate the link between liberalism, feminism, the ordination of women, and the approval of homosexuality. The examples cited in chapter 32 indicate that homosexuality is being approved in not only liberal Protestant denominations, but in some churches and seminaries which profess to be evangelical.
A spiritual response to this serious challenge to Scripture is required, and Grudem offers some sound practical instructions for evangelical complementarians: don’t be harsh, mean or abusive; but neither be cowardly or silent. Stand up for what is right and speak out for what is true. Above all, seek God’s approval and don’t be a man-pleaser.
Music in the Work of Calvin (Part One) 6 December 2019
This address by the most eminent of all Calvin’s biographers was delivered in the ‘Salle de la Reformation’, at Geneva, in April 1902. It was translated and printed in the Princeton Theological Review, October 1909, from which source it is here reprinted with very slight abridgement. The allusions at the opening of the Address are […]
The Life of P. B. Power 3 December 2019
Philip Bennett Power was born in Ireland in 1822. He graduated at Trinity College, Dublin, and entered the Church of England ministry about 1846, his first charge being at Leicester, where he remained for some two years, during which he began a week-night service in the parlour of a local pub! From Leicester he moved […]