The Hermeneutics of Evangelical Feminism

Paul Felix | August 25, 2009

An evangelical feminist is one who has a high view of Scripture and believes the Bible teaches the full equality of men and women without role distinctions between the two. Their principles for interpreting Scripture differ markedly from those of the advocates of role differences for men and women. A comparison of evangelical feminists’ principles with the grammaticohistorical method of interpretation clarifies what and how great they deviate from traditional views of a woman’s role in church and at home. The disputed principles include the issues of ad hoc documents, interpretive centers, the analogy of faith, slavery as a model for the role of women, culturally biased interpretation, cultural relativity, and patriarchal and sexist texts. An examination of these issues shows evangelical feminist hermeneutics to fall short of the grammatico-historical method of interpretation.

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Paul Felix Associate Professor of New Testament B. A., University of Redlands M. A., Talbot Theological Seminary M. Div., The Master's Seminary Th. M., The Master's Seminary Th. D., The Master's Seminary Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Professor Felix worked in the data processing profession as a Senior Systems Programmer for a number of years. It was during this time that he studied at Talbot Theological Seminary. Professor Felix served as the Assistant Pastor in his local church as well as teaching and serving as Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the Los Angeles Bible Training School from 1982 to 1992. From 1992 to 1996, he served as a faculty associate at The Master's Seminary. Between 1996 and 1999 Professor Felix served as senior pastor at Berean Bible Church in Denver, Colorado. In the summer of 1999 he returned to TMS as an instructor in the New Testament Department. In addition to his responsibilities at TMS, Mr. Felix serves as the President of the Los Angeles Bible Training School (www.labts.org). Professor Felix was a contributor to The Jesus Crisis (Kregel, 1998) and The Master's Perspective on Contemporary Issues (Kregel, 1998).

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