I have been told that my book Dethroning Male Headship is not irenic.
Irenic is a good little Christian word which means that you don’t hurt anybody’s feelings. The definition is “tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory.”
Why would I be irenic? Who thinks I would write an irenic book? If my name appears on an irenic book, you can be sure that it was written by somebody else. Those of you who read my blog know that the last thing I want to be is “irenic.”
How do you demand that pastors tear down a wall and still be irenic? How do you attempt to spur people on to actually do something about male headship unless you tell who is teaching it, and what they are saying, and you cannot do that and still be irenic.
I am not going to compare myself with Jesus, but I am going to make a statement. Jesus was not irenic. Read Matthew 23 and see if his words would be acceptable in a Christian book.
But there is a price to pay for speaking out for women’s equality like I do. One of those prices is that major Christian groups will not touch your book with a ten-foot pole. I was told that it will be acknowledged in a June newsletter by a group that has not read it yet, so maybe it will slip through there. We’ll see.
If you want a passionate book, a book that lays out the biblical foundation of female equality with a touch of humor, and then tells you who and why females are still fighting this struggle in their churches (which should have been the first to show equality), and if you want to know what can be done about it, then Dethroning Male Headship is for you.
If you want an irenic book, go elsewhere.