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Does Christianity Teach Male Headship?: The Equal-Regard Marriage and Its Critics [Paperback]

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.44"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2004
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802821715  
EAN  9780802821713  

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The question of male headship has remained a vexing and often divisive issue in contemporary Christian thought. This insightful volume brings together both sides of the debate, proponents of the concept of an "equal-regard" marriage as well as dissenting voices who advocate male leadership within the family (and often consequently, within the church). With contributions from Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Carolyn Osiek, W. Robert Godfrey, Don Browning, and Mary Gallagher, the essays provide thoughtful commentary and critique, substantively engaging other opinions and contrasting views in a charitable manner.

Publishers Description
This is not just another book on the perennial issue of male headship. In contrast to those many who regard Christianity as the great source of male domination, this book argues that authentic Christianity does not teach that husbands have spiritual superiority over their wives, and its authors listen to and engage voices that still claim that it does. Written by distinguished Protestant and Roman Catholic scholars, the book first demonstrates how deep strands of the Christian tradition have always taught an ethic of gender mutuality, sowing the seeds for what is today called the "equal-regard marriage." Though patriarchy was pervasive in the ancient world surrounding early Christianity and sometimes influenced the church, new research shows that the earliest layers of Christianity both resisted and worked to transform it. Not every author in the book agrees with this point of view; dissenters have their say too. As a whole, "Does Christianity Teach Male Headship? constitutes a robust debate that, finally, invites readers to decide.Contributors: David BlankenhornDon BrowningLisa Sowle CahillAllan C. CarlsonDaniel Mark CereMaggie GallagherW. Robert GodfreyBonnie Miller-McLemoreJohn W. MillerCarolyn OsiekMary Stewart Van LeeuwenJohn Witte Jr.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute for American Values and has long been a key figure in the public debate on marriage and the family as well as a prominent leader in the fatherhood movement. He is the founder of the Council on Families in Ameria.

David Blankenhorn has published or released items in the following series...
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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Not Really Balanced  Jul 2, 2006
I was truly looking for a balanced book that would give me the best arguments of both sides (or even additional sides if there are any.)

However, the essays used for equality were not nearly the best available. The book's compilers did not include a single essay where the authors were both for equality AND were believers in Biblical inerrancy (and, yes, there are people who fit this description.)

Not to mention that the essays were really quite dry and uninteresting.
A n excellent summary of views  Apr 14, 2006
This book allows scholars to take different positions on this topic and to explain the way that headship was assumed rather than proscribed in the Bible. Lisa Sowle Cahill explains the position of Pope John Paul in a very accessible way that helped me to better understand his philosophy of revering the function of motherhood. An excellent brief summary of the various views of this topic.
New light on old debate  Jul 21, 2004
The issue of the relationship between men and women is a vexed and complex issue. Plenty of volumes have been written on this contentious debate. Does Scripture teach a patriarchal model, or an egalitarian model, or indeed, some other model? Should men rule in the home and women submit, and if so, to what extent? Can men and women be fully equal yet have different roles and functions? These questions have been dealt with extensively over the years, with volumes on all sides of the debate appearing on a regular basis. Many deal just with the theological, biblical and hermeneutical issues. Other deal more with the social, historical and philosophical questions. This volume tries to do a bit of each. It features theologians, to be sure, but also has sociologists, family experts, and others entering the debate. Catholic and Protestant voices are both heard. And social issues, such as the honour-shame culture of the Greco-Roman world, early household codes, and contemporary concerns about father absence, are all featured in this spirited collection of essays. The first half of the volume features six proponents of the "equal-regard marriage" which rejects the concept of male headship. Five critics of this position are then given equal time, in which they reaffirm a male headship model as the biblical norm. An introductory essay by David Blankenhorn and a concluding essay by Don Browning round off this collection of important articles. New light is shed on a long standing debate, with various innovative perspectives brought to bear on the discussion. One suspects that many people will come to this volume with their minds already made up, but the volume?s new insights and approaches may result in some new thinking on the issue. The editors are to be congratulated for bringing together this collection of informed and cogent essays. The debate will not be resolved here, but it will be made more clear and further advanced by this helpful book.

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