“Ron Highfield has given a fair statement of different views, their strengths and weaknesses, on the important and controversial topic of female-male relations. His work is a reminder that more is at stake than the correct interpretation and application of Biblical texts, as important as those are. The theology of human nature has philosophical and practical implications for individual human life, the future of the human race, and human society at large. Out of the countless books and articles on women in the church, this book for its sound common sense and Biblical and theological depth is a must read.”
—Everett Ferguson, Professor Emeritus
Abilene Christian University
This book is an interesting treatment of the various viewpoints concerning women as leaders in the church. It may surprise you and make you think differently about the issue. It may also help you better define your own feelings about the issue. I highly recommend it.
—Jane Petty, Dickson, TN
Should conservative churches appoint women to the offices traditionally reserved for men? Many writers are calling for such changes; others oppose them. Are these proposals inspired by a deeper understanding of the gospel of Christ as their defenders claim? Or, are they inspired by contemporary secular philosophies as their opponents allege? Ron Highfield explores these and other questions in Four Views on Women and Church Leadership. In this book, Highfield stages a discussion in which three fictitious characters explain and defend their viewpoints and critique opposing views. The three views are Secular Feminism, Evangelical Egalitarianism, and New Complementarianism. In a fourth view, Highfield charges that the entire debate is based on a defective view of the church. He challenges the gratuitous assumptions that make the discussion necessary and meaningful: the church is a public institution, the ministry is a profession like other professions, and believers assemble to experience a performance. This book’s brevity, non-technical nature, and its questions for discussion at the end of each chapter make it ideal for private study, small group discussions, Sunday school classes, and undergraduate courses.
Table of Contents
On Behalf of Secular Feminism
In Defense of Evangelical Egalitarianism
In Defense of New Complementarianism
On Behalf of a More Excellent Way