The Palin Predicament Resolved: A Response to USA Today

Full text can be found at the by William Einwechter, September 23, 2008

“David Gushee has written an insightful article on “The Palin Predicament” (USA Today, September 15) and asked some very cogent questions of evangelical leaders who espouse a “complementarian” view of the roles of men and women (i.e., that men and women have separate but complementary roles). Mr. Gushee points to the essential contradiction in the view of those who say that Sarah Palin is qualified to be the vice president of the United States, but is unqualified to lead her own household or serve in a leadership position in the church. He wonders how those who “have spent most of their careers arguing that the primary responsibility of women is to tend to their homes and families” can now enthusiastically endorse a “mother of five with a grandchild on the way” whose political career does not permit her time to make her family her primary responsibility.

But Professor Gushee’s purpose is not only to ask questions; his ultimate purpose is to issue a challenge to conservative evangelicals. His challenge is simple: Because of your open support of an evangelical woman for vice president, are you also willing to rethink your faulty, “archaic theological vision” that prohibits you from allowing devout Christian women the full exercise of their gifts in all spheres of life, including the family and the church?”

~ by Majestic on March 7, 2011.

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