Christian Humanist Profiles 195: Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

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In the 1980’s, facing the pressure of the feminist movement and the sexual revolution, a group of conservative Protestant pastors and thinkers banded together to champion traditional family and church structures. In 1987, they formed the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood; they published their manifesto, the Danvers Statement, in 1988. The new movement called itself “complementarian,” reflecting a belief that men and women have equal worth but different roles.  In 1991, Crossway published Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, the flagship complementarian text, edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. Almost 30 years later, some assert that the biblical manhood and womanhood paradigm has had a harmful effect in our churches. Speaking with Katie Grubbs is author, speaker, blogger, and podcaster Aimee Byrd to discuss her new book, Recovering From Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose. In it, she issues a call for churches to disciple both men and women toward participating in the Kingdom and passing on our faith to the next generation.

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