The debate on the role of men and women in the home, church and society remains one of the major issues among North American evangelicals and there have been some major developments in the conversation and debate in the last five years. The focus of this course is the biblical, theological and social support for women in ministry, as well as their roles as equal partners in the creation mandate and equal heirs in the kingdom of God. Whatever your position, this course can be a vital path for understanding the times. Christian leaders and committed lay people will do well to understand the current situation, work on a coherent biblical theology, and discern their own role and ministry or courses of action in the home, the church and culture. This course will give each student the opportunity and resources to explore this issue in their area of specialization and to benefit from the insights and contributions of the other areas.
A student’s research in the course may extend to include contemporary concerns such as sexuality and sexual behaviour, eating disorders, pornography, domestic violence and the sex trade.
This online course relates to the Church & Culture, Biblical Studies and Pastoral Studies. The format of the course will include videos on topics, weekly zoom discussion sessions, online sharing of resources, and major papers. The reading will include current scholarship and encourage book reviews for extra credit in some of the influential (and ground-breaking) recent publications.