Survey of Women’s Ministry 220
Dr. Monica Brenamen
September 19, 2013
Men and Women Equal Yet Different is a book written by Alexander Strauch on the study of what the Bible says about gender roles. Through this book Strauch brings the reader to the conclusion that a complimentarian view, women and men as equal yet with different roles, is based on scripture and therefore what God intended.
Prior to even reading chapter one Strauch writes a statement of purpose and about the two views that have prompted him to go into further research on this topic. In his statement of purpose he writes that his intended audience are young students, high school and college, and those who are unfamiliar with the biblical passages that deal with women and men and their roles in the world. Alexander Strauch is very clear that he wrote this book based on what the scripture says about the “battle of the sexes”. Proceeding writing the purpose of the book he then writes why it is so important to know what a person believes on this specific topic. He also includes the main arguments of two most common views in Christianity, the complimentarian and the evangelical feminist view. This shows the reader that Strauch has acknowledged both views but holds scripture as his main source. Chapter one starts off right in the beginning with creation and includes Strauch’s three main points. The first one being that both man and women where created equal in God’s image. A verse you can use to back this up is found in right in Genesis 1: 27. In the NIV version of the bible Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Secondly, he tells the reader how he created male and female as equal but yet how they are different. And the last point in the first chapter shows how the fall in Genesis contributed to the battle of the sexes we are still battling...
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