Recently I’ve been trying to make sure I’m properly understanding some of the arguments from soft complementarians and egalitarians. (Finished reading Bartlett M&W in Christ; it’s not great).
I’ve also listened to a couple of interviews from Todd Bordow critiquing Patriarchy, he didn’t move my overall perspective but one point he made stuck with me: if you form a movement based on emphasising male authority then you’re going to attract the wrong sorts of men, including those who may wish to use it as a cover for cruelty.
Most of us feel that our emphasis on male authority is part of a broader desire to re-emphasise the authority of Scripture in the Church. But it made me wonder is this a real danger, and if so, what are the ways of avoiding it? Perhaps by uniting around other issues such as 6 day creation?
Similarly, reading Warhorn I’m thankful for the emphasise on obeying the magistrates during all the madness. Another criticism Bordow made was that the same figures who emphasise patriarchy are often very disrespectful of the authorities they are under.