From the July/August, 1999 issue of Touchstone
christianity The Divide That Is There by S. M. Hutchens

The Divide That Is There

S. M. Hutchens on Egalitarian Christianity

Reduced to essentials, my critique (see Symposium, Touchstone 12.3, May/June 1999) of the Christian Women’s Declaration was that its call for cooperation in evangelism and church renewal was futile, or nearly so. This is because the theological and practical divide between its signatories who believe women can be ordained to the pastoral or presbyterial offices and those who don’t is too wide to accommodate cooperation in efforts requiring close agreement on what the gospel is, and what therefore success in its promulgation would look like.

I knew this assertion would sound radical and indigestible, so I summoned C. S. Lewi . . .


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