CEN FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 No: 6014 www.churchnewspaper.com
Oh dear, primarily the author of this letter builds his case on a study that is over a century old and goes on to make some absurd claims about the genders.
I applaud Alpha against this backdrop. It has come to my attention recently, from being in conversation with people sharing their testimonies, that Alpha's introduction to Christianity has often been a place of life-changing encounter. It presents credible Christianity, it appeals to the rationale mind. It presents a case. It also explores biblical phenomena which triumph the Reason of an enlightenment rationale.
I just do not think that the author of this letter has any real evidence to suggest that a rise in women priests and bishops will result in an approach which is governed by feeling over reason. Why must feeling and reason be separated? God ministers to us 'whole'istically. The gospel is the most beautiful, truthful foolishness there ever was. Is the author of this letter not more lamenting the stubborn will of humanity? By arguing that it is men who need argumentation and women only an appeal to the emotions, he is limiting the capacities of both the genders. Are we not surely more complex as individuals than his neat gender separations imply?
"But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."(1 Peter 3:15)