Complementarianism by D.A. Carson
Dr. Carson has two talks which were given at the Different By Design 2009 Conference in February.
- Session 1: The Flow of Thought in 1 Timothy 2
- Session 2: Is the Culture Shaping Us or are We Shaping the Culture?
Brent Nelson wrote about these talks here. Two quotes from him on the talks,
“Be very strong and clear on what the Scripture says. Try to work out the applicability fairly and even-handedly within the context of your local church. But don’t turn that into the new legal structure for all Christians such that this is where you draw your line of demarcation. In other words: get the center right and think center-bounded set. Don’t fudge on what the Bible says!”
“If you come to the conclusion that the best articulated and sophisticated, knowledgeable exegesis of Scripture, carefully thought-through, can be graced with the word ‘complementarian;’ if you come to that conclusion – stop apologizing for it. In other words, at some point you have to say, ‘This is for your good, it is for my good, it is for the church’s good, it is for the culture’s good…..God knows the design, he knows what he is doing. And so you cannot use your culturally-located questions to become a back-door way of saying that you’re uncomfortable with exegesis, that it seems to me, leads to distortion in every domain.”