Better Together: Equality in Christ
Please note that the printed version of this book is no longer available to purchase through this website. It is, however, still in print. If you would like to find out how to obtain a copy of this book, please contact Kevin Giles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the last forty years, one of the most momentous social changes known in human history has taken place, women’s liberation. Its consequences have not been easy for women to work out in theory or practice, hard for many men to adjust to, difficult for business to implement and a huge challenge for the churches. It has allowed women to extend their responsibilities beyond the home into the workforce with few occupations denied them. Many women are now in high level leadership positions. This revolution has also impacted on the home.
Men are now more likely to share the domestic workload and childrearing, women to be significant contributors to the household budget and major decisions to be made conjointly. However, some Christians believe that the Bible does not wholeheartedly affirm these changes. They argue the Bible prescribes some gender based ‘roles’ to men and some to women, and most importantly that God has appointed man as the ‘head’ or leader of the wife and as such he must make all the major decisions in the home. On this basis they cannot endorse the ordination of some because this would allow women to usurp male ‘headship’ in the church. In Better Together, Kevin Giles positively considers from a Christian perspective the changes in the man-woman relationship that have occurred in recent years and invites us to take a fresh look at the biblical texts quoted in support of women’s ongoing subordination, setting out questions at the end of each short chapter for home groups to discuss.
‘Kevin Giles has a unique capacity to present the scriptural material on gender and service in lucid and accessible ways. What is more, he shows how the church has struggled to interpret Scripture in ways that advance social justice, especially for women and slaves. His overview is concise, logical and theologically consistent. This book has been needed for years! It is a wonderful book for church and Bible study groups.’
Mimi Haddad, President of Christians for Biblical Equality International
‘This is Kevin Giles at his best in terms of scholarship and clarity of writing on this important subject. This small book will certainly be of interest and a great help to many.’
Bishop John W. Wilson, Melbourne
‘At a time when views about women’s leadership seem increasingly polarised, how do Christians know what to believe? Kevin Giles takes readers to the heart of the debate, providing an excellent introduction to the key scriptures and areas at issue, and pointing to principles of interpretation and practical application.’
The Revd Rosie Ward, author of Growing Women Leaders