Gender Complementarian Trinitarian Analogies Do Not Work
Blogger and author Scot McKnight made a series of posts about complementarianism and the Trinity this past week. I tweeted links to some of these blog posts earlier. The other night, blog Wartburg Watch made a post about these McKnight posts.
In that comment thread at TWW blog, I made a few comments, which I’ll get to in a moment.
For now, here are links to the McKnight posts (on his “Jesus Creed” blog):
Civil War Among The Complementarians – Aug 16
Why Did It Take So Long? – Aug 17
Some complementarians use a doctrine called E.S.S. (Eternal Subordination of the Son) to ground the subordination of wives to husbands in their very being (they use ESS as an ontological device).
They argue that because (in their view) that Jesus Christ is supposedly eternally subordinate to God the Father, in the same way, married women are subordinate to their husbands.
(I am unclear if the complementarians arguing ESS mean to say all women, regardless of marital status, are to be subordinate to all men or not. In all the cases I’ve seen of complementarians arguing ESS, it’s generally been on the basis of marital submission.)