A carefully argued letter in reply to Reform worth reading
Peter picks up on this at Anglican Down Under and takes an interesting angle on Paul and female conservative evangelical anonymity.
In some senses the recent rise in discussion over women and the episcopate is healthy. There also seems to be more and more confident and articulate Scriptural argumentation for women's ordination and consecration being put forward.
When I first naively began to understand the debate some years ago, two things literally drove me to near despair, had it not been for wise counsel. The first was the supposition, that Ugley vicar proposes, that those women hearing God's call must be liberal when it comes to the Bible, this is just not the case. I am conservative. Trust me, it is possible, although 'post-conservative' feels more apt.
The second thing that 'did my head in' (I know, aren't these types of expressions jolly useful in these situations) was the idea that the ordaining/consecrating of women would naturally lead to the ordination/consecration of people in same-sex relationships. I will not debate the same-sex issue just here (I have elsewhere), but why should these two things be related? The arguments in scripture are completely different and speak into each case differently.
Essentially, what I am seeing gives me great hope. People are beginning to wrestle with the scriptures, as I did on this issue before saying 'yes' to God and they are bringing some very intelligent reasoning to bear on the topic. Reason it sometimes has to be to counteract all the cerebral responses to God's Holy Word, one of the problems of the Reformation as I see it. And reason is good, do not get me wrong, I have done my homework on the Logos and wisdom and Christ as God's reason, but you know what I am getting at.
The other great reason for hope, is that alongside scriptural warrant for the ordination of women, there seems to be more and more attention being given to the Holy Spirit. The letters in the CEN this week, surrounding the one I reproduce above, appeal to movements of God's Spirit too, praise God!
So ultimately Our Lord Jesus Christ, God, the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit are being considered as carefully as that one itsy bitsy teeny weeny sentence of the oft-mis-quoted and much misunderstood Spirit-filled and transformed Paul (1 Tim 2:11-15).
Clayboy's reflections on mine
Ordained Anglican. Thinking out loud about church.