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Equal or complementary? Gender roles in faith traditions

“While the Baptist faith and message says that, ‘The office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by scripture,’ there are many who call themselves ‘complementarians’ who are more flexible when it comes to women teaching men, or even preaching.”

– Emily McFarlan Miller


An old debate about complementarianism resurfaced around this year’s Southern Baptist Convention meeting. Complementarianism is a theological view that men and women fulfill separate and complementary roles in life. 

Central to this issue today is the role of respected Bible teacher Beth Moore. Pastor? Teacher? Preacher? Or something else entirely? What kind of complementarian is she?

Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity. She joined Beliefs producer Jay Woodward to see what people are saying about complementarianism today.

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