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Articles on Headship

The Evangelical Debate over Biblical "Headship"   by Dr. David M. Scholer.  In this scholarly article, Dr Scholer provides a synopsis of the debate over biblical headship. Much of the Christian literature in the past five years on domestic violence and sexual abuse of women, especially evangelical publications, contains pointed discussions of the relationship between biblical teachings of "male headship" and the reality of abused and battered women. Included are studies on kephale and authentein on the precise points upon which the so-called headship debate rests.

The Head in the Epistles by Berkeley and Alvera Mickelsen.  What did the apostle Paul mean when he wrote, "For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body" (Eph. 5:23)? And, "The head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God" (I Cor. 11:3)?  This classic article challenges traditional interpretation of the word "head" in these scriptures!

The Doctrine of the Trinity and Subordination by Kevin N. Giles.  The doctrine of subordination within the Trinity has been used to promote the subordination of women in the church.  This excellent article discusses the various positions and concludes that there is no subordination in the Godhead.  For those who are seriously seeking to understand both the doctrine of the trinity and how it relates to women, this essay is a must read. 

Empirical Data in Support of Egalitarian Marriages and A Fresh Perspective on Submission and Authority by Dennis J. Preato.  Groundbreaking material that calls on the church to look at the positive data on the egalitarian marriage as opposed to the traditional male headship structure.  Included is a look at the biblical meaning of the word translated submission.  Don't miss this one, it's fantastic.

The Badge of Guilt and Shame by Katharine Bushnell.  Another rare booklet by Bushnell.  This one takes on the head covering dialog from 1 Corinthians 11.  Bushnell contends that the church must not teach one thing and do another but must prove the scripture.  She says, "Therefore, a fresh deeper investigation into the Apostle’s utterances is urgently needed, ... that the church may conserve its own interests while at the same time maintaining a consistent course of conduct.  The church must give no uncertain sound in both example and teaching and in its proclamation of the Word of God as supreme in authority."

Patriarchy or Gender Equality? The Letter to the Ephesians on Submission, Headship and Slavery by Carrie Miles.

Who is the Priest in the Home? by Barbara Collins.  Done for the Fall 2001 newsletter Barbara exposes the error and consequences of this unbiblical doctrine.

What’s the Real Truth About Submission? by Barbara Collins.  This article from the Winter 2001 newsletter clarifies the meaning of Biblical submission.

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