• Neither Male nor Female

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.  Galatians 3:28

This seminal statement in the letter to the Galatians is the foundation upon which this book is based.  Its clear teaching about our unity in Christ overrides other sources of identity and is the recurring theme in this careful, sensitive and informed research about issues surrounding the ministry of women in the churches.

The book's particular focus is the Lutheran Church of Australia, traditionally opposed to such leadership, and apparently based on what has been considered sound interpretations of New Testament teaching, especially in the letters of Paul

The author does not ignore the passages used by those who oppose women in ministry.  Rather, as an eminently qualified scholar of the Bible, he contends that such texts need to be understood in their original social contexts with all the limitations that such contexts make to our ongoing understanding of their teaching.

The struggle to include women in ministry and leadership in the churches has been long and divisive.  Neither Male nor Females argues that now is the time for the Lutheran Church of Australia (and other Christian churches) to affirm the roles of women at all levels of the church's life and especially reassess their dependence on such exclusion on long misunderstood Scripture verses and long abandoned expectations of women's roles in society and church.

Noel C Schultz is a graduate of the Theological Department of Concordia College, Adelaide; the University of Queensland (BA); the University of Melbourne (MA); and Luther Theological Seminary, St Paul, Minnesota (DMin).  He served Lutheran congregations in Australia and New Zealand; and congregations within the Uniting Church in Australia.  He and his wife Cynthia are now retired and living in Melbourne.

Author Noel C Schultz
Pages 190
Publication Date 26 November 2020
Imprint Coventry Press
ISBN 9780648861270

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Neither Male nor Female

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