Steven Cowan Complementarian Analysis

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Steven Cowan, in response to Rebecca Groothuis’ article on egalitarianism, states this about complementarianism: Complementarians argue that the Bible teaches that women are to be subordinate to men at home and at church and that women are not permitted to teach Christian doctrine to men…women are equal to men as persons, but they have been given by God a different role in creation than men. Men have been given the role to lead in both family and church, while women have been given the role to follow the leadership of men and come alongside men as their “helpmeets.”… Even in homes where the husband is the leader as complementarians say he should be, women can and do make many small and large decisions—e.g., what to cook for dinner, what math …show more content…
As he continues, he states that Genesis 1-3 is a prime Scripture passage for complementarians to see that men and women do share different roles—this is how God created them. The father being the head of the home and the wife being in submission or subordination to him brings a sense of “traditionalism” or “hierarchy” as many who hold to this view would say. Though offensive to many who do not hold this view, especially feminists, complementarians do not mind their traditional ways and lifestyle.
In addition to their article on egalitarianism, The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood posted an article that gave a broad overview of the complementarianism position
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(There are some complimentarians who approach I Corinthians 11 and 14, stating that women may a particular teaching role, as long as they are submitting to the men in the church leadership.) In addition to I Timothy 2, complimentarians use Genesis 2 and 3, stating that because Adam was created first, and Eve sinned before Adam, he had the right to teach and train Eve. This governs their view today because they state this is the “basis in God’s created design.”
In closing, the Theopedia sums up complementarianism as “the theological view that although men and women are created equal in their being and personhood, they are created to complement each other via different roles and responsibilities as manifested in marriage, family life, religious leadership, and

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