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Thinking about Slaves, Women and Homosexuals: a redemptive-movement hermeneutics and the evangelical Webb

1139041Thinking about Slaves, Women and Homosexuals: a redemptive-movement hermeneutics and the evangelical Webb
Presented by Chris Mulherin at the ISCAST Vic Intensive 2010

 

Chris Mulherin grew up in Melbourne, worked for Scripture Union and lectured in engineering and philosophy before moving to Argentina with the Church Missionary Society. In Argentina he worked with university students and was minister of the Anglican church in Tucumán. He has an MSc in Philosophy of Science and is writing a DTheol on philosophical hermeneutics and philosophy of science through the Melbourne College of Divinity.

Abstract

In 2001 William Webb caused a stir with his ‘redemptive-movement hermeneutics’ in Slaves, Women and Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis. Webb is a Baptist pastor and Professor of NT at Heritage Seminary, Ontario. The book is an attractive proposal purporting to explain how the redemptive movement of Scripture justifies commonly accepted evangelical positions in three case studies. It favours the abolition of slavery, an egalitarian position regarding the relationship between women and men (albeit with room for complementarians), but does not offer support for homosexual practice. This paper offers an overview of Webb’s position along with some critical comments. It also asks, in the face of an unexplored future, whether Webb’s redemptive-movement hermeneutic gives us tools to grapple with questions unheard of in biblical times.

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