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Beth Allison Barr

Patriarchy is a constant in world history. Even though many want Christianity to conform to patriarchy, it’s not God’s dream for humanity. While patriarchy may be a part of Christian history, that doesn’t make it Christian. […] Read More

The Hellenistic Roman world, both pre and post the beginning of Christianity, viewed women as subordinate to men. It’s no surprise then that patriarchal language ended up in some portions of the New Testament. […] Read More

Beth Allison Barr is an associate dean in the Baylor Graduate School, an associate professor of history at Baylor University and a resident scholar at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. […] Read More

Beth Moore’s courage to speak out, even at the cost of her reputation and possibly her ministry, gave me hope that the evangelical world would finally listen. Even so, much work remains to be done in light of the continued support for Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas, even after troubling […] Read More

My daughter and I were walking our new puppy when my phone buzzed. It was a Twitter notification from my fellow blogger Chris Gehrz about Beth Moore’s open letter. I stopped dead and started reading. It was a few seconds before I realized how far I was lagging behind my daughter. “Mom!” she yelled. “What […] Read More

Rachel Held Evans wrote a stunningly provocative book, published in 2012, titled “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” In it, she vividly shows us how “biblical womanhood” is not a constant. It is a culturally constructed concept. For those of you unfamiliar with her book, she spent a year living out as many different versions of […] Read More

Female undergraduates have expressed frustration to me over and over again about how Paul’s writings about women have been used against them. “I hate Paul” is what many have said. Ideas about women really do matter, as I discussed previously. What about female pastors? This is the most shocking statistic (at least for me) in […] Read More

“I hate Paul.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that from female undergraduates. Young women scarred by how many times passages from the Pauline epistles have been used against them: women be silent (1 Corinthians 14), wives submit to your husbands (Ephesians 5), women cannot teach or exercise authority over men […] Read More

I recently stumbled across a fabulously ordinary story in my own hometown of a Baptist church with a long history of supporting female leadership. It helps counter the negative portrayal of female ministers espoused by some evangelicals – like those shared by Wayne Grudem in a 2006 interview detailed here. First Baptist Church Elm Mott, […] Read More

Wayne Grudem argued in a 2006 interview that female leaders in the church (especially pastors) are disobeying God’s Word and thus open to “the withdrawal of God’s hand of protection and blessing.” As Grudem explains, “A woman who serves as a pastor, preaching to both men and women, is disobeying the word of God. There […] Read More