To Close a Swinging Door

Should Women Be Ordained? An Examination of Biblical Texts and Arguments Commonly Used to Promote Women’s Ordination by Jeff Williams

reviewed by S. M. Hutchens

That women can or should be ordained to the pastoral office is still a minority opinion in Christendom. It is not done among the Orthodox, is favored only among modernized Roman Catholics, and is characteristic only of the shrinking denominations of liberal and liberalizing Protestantism. Among Evangelicals, however, it is still an open question, contested between traditional and progressive factions, with an undecided but well-populated middle group, to whom Jeff Williams’s Should Women Be Ordained? is addressed. His answer is clear: No, they should not; and in this book he marshals the reasons.

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