Rescuing Complementarianism

Complementarian is a perfectly good adjective and one that should not be abandoned simply because it has been appropriated by Patriarchalists or because it was ill-defined at the beginning of the complementarian movement. God created two sexes: male and female. They are complementary to one another by nature and all the more in creation renewed in the state of grace. Complementarian as a category is worth defending even though it has historically been defended, at least in part, using an errant theory. Its absence from the Danvers Statement shows that a complementarian understanding of male-female relations, in the family and in the church, does not logically entail ESS or an over-realized eschatology. Complementarianism is a valuable category and it can be rescued.

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