Vive La Differance a previous post concerning the possible ordination of women as bishops within the Church of England received the following comment from ‘Rachel’ which is reproduced with permission:
“As a woman who is currently seeking to understand and follow the call God has placed on my life, I agree with a lot in your article. I am currently studying theology, and have a growing awareness of how crucial it is that Christians truly engage and grapple with scripture in order to discover God’s will. The church as a whole is in a complete muddle about women in ministry (I worship at a Baptist church, the Church of England isn’t alone in this muddle)
Reading your list of great spiritual influences, not one of them was a women. My question (and it is a genuine one) is how to square the absolute male-centric history of the church, with Jesus of the Gospel accounts who walked and talked with women, even entering into a theological debate with a gentile woman, (Matthew 15:21-28)
The poverty of theological debate leaves us all impoverished.”
This is a serious question which deserves a serious response from the theologically erudite and intellectually accomplished readers of this blog, it would be alright if the rest of us joined in as well.