Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Unfortunate theology: Wives, submit to your husbands?

Rachel Held Evan's
"Year of Biblical Womanhood."
Does the bible really advise believers that wives must submit to their husbands? This corrosive theology also argues that slaves must obey their masters (yes, really) and children must obey their parents. Well, maybe that last is okay, but let’s face it:  This kind of interpretation may be popular with some folks, but it stems from a pardon-the-expression fundamental misunderstanding of the long arc of Jewish and Christian theology that bends toward justice, not toward bossing other people around.

Now, here’s popular blogger Rachel Held Evans, author of the popular new book, "Year of Biblical Womanhood," with a weeklong blog series, “Submit One To Another: Christ and the Household Codes.”  Starting today, this discussion will focus on those frequently-cited passages of Scripture. (Okay, for theology geeks, it’s Ephesians 5:21-6:9, Colossians 3:12-4:6 and 1 Peter 2:11-3:22).

In today's blog entry, Rachel discusses at length four common pitfalls in interpreting these verses, then asks, “What have you been taught about the New Testament household codes? Have your views changed through the years? Why? What do you think a lot of Christians "miss" when reading these passages?”

You are welcome to join in the conversation via Rachel’s comment section or by contributing to her Synchroblog by using hashtag #onetoanother on Twitter. 

Rachel will be in Louisville for St. Matthew’s Episcopal’s Dimensions of Faith speaker series on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.  Click to the Dimensions of Faith website for the details.