Quote of the day: Craig S. Keener on women’s ordination and ministry

01 Oct

Craig S. Keener is a North American academic and professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary.

Quote of the day: Craig S. Keener on women’s ordination and ministry in the Christian Church | Curious Presbyterian.

‘Most of those who oppose women’s ordination do not follow biblical instructions to greet one another with holy kisses or wear head coverings in church.  Most recognize that these were cultural expressions of principles (such as friendly greetings) that may be applied differently in different cultures.  Certainly most churches do not take up offerings for the Jerusalem church every Sunday (1 Corinthians 16:1-3) and most Bible readers do not feel compelled to go to Troas, get Paul’s cloak and try to take it to him (2 Timothy 4:13).

When they neglect these instructions, they do not see themselves as disobeying the Bible. They simply recognize that we need to take into account the situations the biblical writers addressed, before extracting larger principles.  That is not only how we read the Bible but how we learn from any wisdom originally written in the past.  Nearly all communication uses a language and some cultural setting!’


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2 responses to “Quote of the day: Craig S. Keener on women’s ordination and ministry

  1. Christoph Donges

    October 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Interesting show on ABC Radio national called “20 YEARS OF WOMEN PRIESTS: WAS IT WORTH IT?”

    This year we celebrate 20 years of women priests in the Anglican Church. Today women serve as deacons, chaplains, deans and assistant bishops. But the path to women’s ordination had not been smooth or painless. Dr Muriel Porter, author, journalist and leading Anglican laywoman, reflects on this path and asks ‘was it worth it?’

    • Katie and Martin

      October 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks Christoph. Will check it out. In the ELCA, while women clergy often have a difficult time, they are highly valued in the broader Church. They are the majority of students in ELCA seminaries so I would like to think that the question, “Has it been worth it?” is mostly redundant. They are an integral and (mostly) valued part of the Church.


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