The following continues a series of posts reading through Wayne Grudem’s Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism?. If you’re curious why I’m blogging on this, you can start at the first post in the series. Or backtrack your way through the series by jumping to the previous post.
Ch. 4- Saying That Paul Was Wrong: Some evangelical feminists say that Paul was wrong
Grudem’s big complaint here is that some people—Paul Jewett, Clarence Boomsma, and David Thompson—have said that Paul (or “Paul,” depending on your perspective about authorship of the pastoral epistles) said what he did about Genesis in 2 Tim. because of popular interpretations at the time. Either the author fully accepted these interpretation or was drawing from them for the sake of convenience, but we today might have a better interpretation of Gen. 2 than 2 Tim. Grudem says that, “these [complementarian] interpretations [of Genesis] are not just Paul’s interpretations; they are also God’s interpretations of his own Word” (47). Hence, according to Grudem, these scholars are calling God incompetent to interpret the Bible or a liar or some other such awful thing.
Ch. 5- Saying That Some Verses Found in Every Manuscript Are Not Part of the Bible: Some evangelical feminists say that some verses that are in every ancient manuscript of 1 Corinthians are not really part of the Bible
In this chapter, Grudem complains that Gordon Fee’s NICNT volume on 1 Corinthians says that 14:33-35 are likely inauthentic because they are in different places in different manuscripts and don’t even make sense given Paul’s instructions to women prophesying in ch. 11. He calls Fee’s interpretative methods “different from that of all other evangelical interpreters of Scripture” (52) and, in my opinion, deals rather deceptively with these verses. While not everyone will agree with Fee that they aren’t original to the text, Grudem should make a real argument about why he disagrees with Fee’s conclusion rather than trying to scare people that Fee has no respect for the Bible. After all, it is not as if Fee is simply cutting and pasting willy nilly in the manner of Thomas Jefferson.
Continue with this series–read about ch. 6-7!