There is a good debate going on at Hermeneutics and Human dignity. It is interesting to me because I was just taking a break from reading about this very issue in Gordon Fee's 'Gospel and Spirit: Issues in New Testament Hermeneutics' to look at the net and I came across Peter's post.
Peter Carrell writes about how he supports
"... the ordination of women as a recognition of calling...the church should not ordain women as a matter driven primarily by justice considerations but foremost as a matter of responding to the discernment of the will of God."
I couldn't agree more and when people begin to realise that this is all about God and nothing to do with making accommodations to the prevailing culture the better. Why those who support women's ordination are always accused of succumbing to social mores, I do not know. It is faulty reasoning and something I have come across so often. Fee describes how:
'The so-called women's issue is a hermeneutical question, and we will have differences here. But those differences are not questions of the authority of scripture... They are questions of interpretation...' p.20
'Unfortunately, in an area where hermeneutics is in fact the key issue, some have taken a rigid stance on the basis of their own hermeneutics that they have accused others of believing in an errant Bible because they do not hold to the same interpretation.' (p.2)
Whenever I see arguments based on one party proclaiming to have the 'plain' reading, I think of Fee's words.
Is not the universal principle of 1 Tim 2 11-15 more to do with the fact that anyone teaching false doctrines (whether they be male or female), who has usurped established authority is to be corrected, no, indeed, silenced? This is what we should concern ourselves with. If the devil has anything to do with it, he has succeeded indeed in having us all preoccupy ourselves with worldly antagonisms to offices and titles and gender, when it is those teaching an anti-gospel that we should be concerned about. We all need to wake up! But as for that reading, it is hermeneutics, interpretation. I refuse to make claims that it is the plain reading. You know, our ability to read infallibly, God's infallible word was destroyed by the fall. We will all struggle where there is ambiguity. Thankfully about primary issues, there is consensus but about secondary issues, we will have to be prepared to wait until we meet him face-to-face, until then we carry on with our consciences clean and with the church recognising two integrities on this issue and if we are really going to imitate Christ by the power of his Spirit, let us try for the sake of the gospel to be of one accord, in so much as we love each other, despite our differences and all press-on with kingdom building for the Lord's sake.