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In 1988, the Council for Biblic¬al Manhood and Womanhood published the Danvers Statement, affirming that “In the church, redemption in Christ gives men and women an equal share in the blessings of salvation; nevertheless, some governing and teaching roles within the church are restricted to men.” I am hesitant to single out one organization for focused argument, but this statement accurately represents a sentiment within the faith that I find disturbing. In this paper, I will use the redemptive trend hermeneutic to deconstruct the CBMW’s affirmation, while providing my own views on why I find both women in ministry and the redemptive trend hermeneutic as valid.
The redemptive trend hermeneutic is a strategy for making sense of our 2000+ year old collection of texts we call the Bible. Keeping in mind the fallenness of humanity from the creator’s ideal, the reader sees scripture as containing situations and imperatives which, when the text was written (and perhaps even today!), drew the creation closer to what it was always meant to be. The Bible, therefore, as the holy documents of t…