Complementarianism’s Existentialism Feeds Gender Confusion

Excellent stuff here. He nails it exactly.

Practically Known Theology

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” Romans 8:29

by John Ellis

We are all existentialists now. As a society, owing to luxuries like free time and access to lots of food (luxuries denied the vast majority of humanity throughout history), we are freed up to engage in navel-gazingly wondering what makes us a man or a woman. For some reason, conservative white Christians in this country spend an inordinate amount of doing just that: reading books about true masculinity and true femininity, attending conferences dedicated to the topic, and arguing incessantly about the virtue of our preferred parameters for what is masculine and what is feminine. The guardians of true masculinity and femininity even have a name – complementarians. By engaging and, hence, legitimizing navel-gazing gender…

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2 responses to “Complementarianism’s Existentialism Feeds Gender Confusion

  1. That was good, Sam! Thanks for linking to it.

    I think my favorite part was this reasoning, ” However, if I say, “you’re a woman; act like it,” the metaphysical/ontological foundation is in woman, meaning the locus of epistemic and ethical authority resides in being a woman.”

    ALL of our ethical authority stems from bearing the image of God and reflecting Jesus as best we can. There is no “ethical authority” outside of Him.

  2. Kathryn Annis

    Exactly! Thank you for this articulation of the importance of being God centered in our identity as the redeemed children of God.

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