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Theological perspectives. How should the church respond? Abuse defined. Historical perspective.

Theological Perspectives

The Evangelical Debate over Biblical "Headship" - by Dr. David M. Scholer. In this scholarly article, Dr Scholer provides a synopsis of the debate over biblical headship. Much of the Christian literature in the past five years on domestic violence and sexual abuse of women, especially evangelical publications, contains pointed discussions of the relationship between biblical teachings of "male headship" and the reality of abused and battered women. Included are studies on kephale and authentein on the precise points upon which the so-called headship debate rests.

How should the church respond?

Working Together to Listen and to Learn - by Catherine Clark Kroeger. This article is the introduction to Healing the Hurting, Giving Hope and Help to Abused Women, Catherine Clark Kroeger and James R. Beck, Editors. It presents two cases to emphasize the pressing need to bring abuse in the Christian home into the open, acknowledge its presence, and deal with it.

Review of "No Place for Abuse" - by Ed Shei. Dr. Shei reviews the book No Place for Abuse by Catherine Clark Kroeger and Nancy Nason-Clark which provides biblical and practical resources to counteract domestic violence. To read the full dissertation "Persuasion and Church Ministry as It Relates to Woman Abuse: An Evaluation of No Place for Abuse on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior of Asbury Theological Seminarians" click here.

Just Say 'No' To Psycho-Babble by Leslie Johnson with Gary Johnson.  Here is an excellent short article encouraging the people of God to judge by the Word rather than "pop-psychology theories and mindless suppositions regarding gender tendencies."  Leslie is the author of Does God Really Prefer Men.

Abuse defined

Identifying Verbal and Emotional Abuse and Grounds for Divorce. This is a collection of several new resources on abuse created by women who have personally been through the valley. They understand this topic intimately and have recovered strong voices to enlighten and equip others.

Verbal Abuse

Sexual Abuse

Historical perspective

The Story of God: Women in the Early Church  by Pamela Walford.  Want to know how the church's traditional position on women evolved?  In this outstanding article, Pamela Walford reveals how, in less than 400 years following the deaths of the last apostles, the early Christian church yielded to the influence of the Greco-Roman culture in which it was immersed.  It relinquished  the egalitarianism that had been established by Jesus and set the stage for the subjugation and silencing of women that has spanned more than two millennia and continues to detrimentally impact the lives of women today.

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