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Discussion in 'Defending the Faith' started by Reformed Covenanter, May 13, 2019.

  1. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    This extract from John Owen's Excercitations on the Sabbath may be of interest to PB members:

    John Owen: gender egalitarianism is against nature

    I am increasingly disillusioned with the modern complementarian movement, as it tends towards biblicism and ignores the lessons of nature and experience.
     
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  2. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    "supposed them to have grown out of the earth like mushrooms;"

    Who said he did not have a sense of humor? :)
     
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  3. ZackF

    ZackF Puritan Board Graduate

    I never guessed biblicism to be an issue. With rare exception most are cultural accommodationist.
     
  4. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    There is a difference between being biblical and being Biblicist. Case in point: I had one complementarian tell me that Genesis 2:18 refers only to Adam and not to men in general. And yet nature and experience (not to mention 1 Corinthians 11:9) tells us the very opposite. I have also heard some complementarians argue that it is okay for women to join the military and so on because it is not expressly condemned in the Bible.
     
  5. VictorBravo

    VictorBravo Administrator Staff Member

    I guess I've not been paying attention, Daniel. I thought Gen 2:18 was the foundational passage supporting complementarianism.

    I'd think "a help meet for him" is describing a complement. Why would a complementarian want to restrict it to just Adam?
     
  6. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    You are correct to note the discrepancy, Vic. The person in question was happy enough to appeal to the text to prove that Eve complemented Adam, as all wives should their husbands, but then also argued that the "it is not good for the man to be alone" bit only applied to Adam. I have heard others say likewise. Go figure.
     
  7. C. M. Sheffield

    C. M. Sheffield Puritan Board Junior

    That is not something I have ever encountered in my reading of Complementarian writers. Can you cite any Complementarian author that would advocate a similar interpretation?

    I am not doubting your statements. I am very interested in knowing if this view enjoys any reputable support.
     
  8. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    I heard it in a sermon, so, no, I cannot at present point you to a written source for the notion. I do not have any modern commentaries on Genesis at my disposal. Perhaps someone who does can have a quick search for us to see if any modern commentators hold this position. I suspect that the idea probably came from someone who holds that SSA is not a sin.
     
  9. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

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