Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Blue Parakeet

Last night I read Scot McKnight’s book, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. It was very good, much like Fee & Stuart’s How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Except for one thing -- McKnight devotes five chapters (five chapters!) to the role of women in the church today. He is an egalitarian. He rehearses the same tired arguments that have been refuted time and time again: (Pheobe, Priscilla’s name is mentioned before her husband’s, Junia, why would God give a gift and then restrict its use?, etc.). Other than that, the book was very thought-provoking.

4 comments:

Gman said...

Yeah, I'm preaching the role of women this week and been finding too much out there that want to give women a leading role of the church rather then men doing what God has called them to.

David H. Willis said...

Check out Thomas Schreiner putting the smackdown on McKnight here:

http://www.cbmw.org/Blog/Posts/A-Review-of-McKnight-s-The-Blue-Parakeet-Part-I

It's a 5 part beatdown!

wjcsydney said...

I haven't read the book yet (it's on my list) but was wondering if any women thought it was a tired argument. Or is that just a male point of view?

Soren said...

Sydney,

I told Mrs. Soren about it, and she thought it was pretty lame. I'm not sure McKnight is going to convince anybody. Egalitarians will give a hearty, "Amen" and complementarians will roll their eyes.