Most helpful positive review
The best I've read on this subject
on October 2, 2012
Throughout the history of Christianity, certain comments found in the letters of Paul have justified church leaders in keeping women in a subordinate role within the church. Yet, from the first century on, there have been periodic movements within Christianity in which women filled leadership roles. With the secular movement to gender equality exerting pressure on the church to give women more of a voice within the church, conscientious Christians have queried what, exactly, the Bible does say on this issue. Bilezikian's approach was to search the entire Bible, with a study group of intelligent, committed Christians at his church. They took three years and examined every passage that could possibly impact the status of women in the church. They evaluated each passage in as honest and open a way as they could. They began this study simply as a matter of duty; they knew perfectly well that the Bible forbids female leadership in the church, but they wanted to be able to say they had examined the Scriptures on the subject and knew whereof they spoke. They ended the study by calling a woman to fill one of their ministry positions! I would challenge everyone who believes, as Bilezikian did, that they already know what the Bible says on the subject, to read this book. And to those who are open-minded, or even biased in favour of women in the pulpit, I would urge this book as a great Bible study. Many books have been written on the subject since Bilezikian and his church did this study, but his is a classic.