I listened to some of the debate/ discussion about whether women as priests and bishops between John Richardson and Christina Rees on Unbelievable!, a discussion programme on Premier Christian Radio this afternoon. It was all rather civilised ( which is good) and they both put forward arguments from the bible. As I was listening, I thought again that scripture is so rich that it can be used to support so many different perspectives - otherwise why would we have so many denominations, let alone just different approaches?
I just can't help feeling that what it boils down to is that, whether we are liberal or conservative, we see and find in scripture our own particular preferences, prejudices, assumptions and world views. I really do feel that the roots of the views of those opposed to the ordination of women lie in ...well...their view of women and men and whether they see us as equal or not. And don't tell me that women are equal but different - or at least not if by "different" you mean unfit to be in authority over men in the church, or not called by God to a vocation of priestly ministry - because that is patently untrue, and it is unequal.