"...leaders like Jesus and Paul labored alongside women, affirmed their giftedness, and established structures that would maximize their contribution to the gospel’s effectiveness in the church and out into the world." - TGC
"people often confuse what the doctrine is with other associations that have little or nothing to do with the teaching. In short, folks confuse the essence with the accidents. . . . You may bite into an apple that happens to have a worm in it, but you would be painfully mistaken if you were to conclude that worms are part of the essence of an apple." - CBMW
Kristin Du Mez and Beth Allison Barr's books have created a four-alarm firestorm among certain Christian theologians. 9Marks and CBMW have devoted considerable time to explaining why their books on (respectively) masculinity and gender roles in Christianity are allegedly "dangerous." This is alarmist nonsense.
"...the view makes two claims: First, that men and women are equal image bearers worthy of equal honor and value; second, that men and women hold different roles, with men exercising a 'headship' that corresponds to a particular kind of authority in the church and the home. But while the word complementarian has traceable roots...its beliefs work out differently across church traditions." - C.Today
Beth Allison Barr’s book The Making of Biblical Womanhood released on 20 April 2021. It provides a historical argument for egalitarianism and it has taken the evangelical world by storm. Many are not pleased. On 30 April 2021, one Twitter user who sports an avatar of John Calvin in a suit asked, “Why do all the anti-patriarchy chicks seem to cut their own hair?” James White liked the tweet.
The same day, Desiring God sallied forth with an article arguing that a man is a prophet, priest and king to his wife.
The highlights of Barr’s book include a review of historical texts and stories representing women in the Church and issues of gender, a discussion of gendered language in Bible translation, how the Reformation flipped the Church Fathers’ perception of the sexuality of women, and the Trinitarian heresy of eternal subordination of the Son in relationship to gender hierarchy.