Title

Towards an Egalitarian Ecclesiology: Through the Lens of Kenotic Theology

Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Term Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)

College

College of Christian Ministries and Religion

Department

Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Sam Hemby, Ph.D.

Abstract

If the church is going to embrace an egalitarian ecclesiology, it must examine itself and ask this question: how can the church be the spotless bride of Christ envisions while it disallows women a place at the table? The research presented in this thesis is designed to walk through the process of answering this question dialogically. In order for the Church to fully realize its potential and fulfill its destiny, there must be a re-visioning of this current dilemma in the practice of church life.

God created both genders in his image and likeness as equals, different in many functions, but equal in value and authority. In order to engage this thesis, three pivotal acts in history, composing an analytical lens, along with a constructive exegesis of Philippians 2 are in consideration; this serves as this project's methodology. First, the creation account found in Genesis chapters one and two shows God's relationality as the creative force behind the formation of humankind. It is necessary to explore what can be known of God to better understand God's original intent for creation....

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