David Fitch posts on the Church and Pomo blog..

“In the church world people still argue about the issue of women’s ordination and equal participation in the authority of the church. Complementarians .. view women in the church as determined by the NT role of husband’s headship over the wife, and Egalitarians .. point to the plethora of NT evidence concerning women’s equal participation with men in the authority of the church.

“The ‘Biblical Equality’ position views this newfound equal status for women as part of the redeemed structure of humanity in Christ and therefore it applies to Christian marriages as well. I too believe that woman have equal participation in the gifts of the Spirit given on Pentecost to the church (Acts 2:17-18). I am for the ordination of women in the church as well. I endorse and affirm women’s full participation in the authority/leadership of the church as part of the redeemed structure of humanity inaugurated in Christ.

“This last affirmation however is why I see a lack in the Egalitarian option (I see similar issues with the Complementarians). Both positions seem incapable of describing a justice born of the reconciliation God is working in the world through Christ (2 Cor 5:19). And I believe, oddly enough, that a few postmodern critical theorists help us understand this better…”


1 Comment on Fitch – “Why I am not egalitarian..”

  1. Elise says:

    Thanks for posting this. Fitch’s words really resonate, I think, both within and outside of the context of church.