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Christianity Today Features Alice Mathews' New Book

August 8, 2017

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No question about it: Alice Mathews is a remarkably gifted woman. She enjoyed a long career at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, both as a faculty member and an academic dean. For over two decades, she co-hosted a Bible-themed radio program, Discover the Word, with the late Haddon Robinson. She has written numerous Bible studies geared toward women, along with a preaching guide, Preaching That Speaks to Women.

And as a gifted woman actively involved in church ministries, Mathews wants to roll back hurdles that prevent other gifted women from participating more fully in the church's life. That mission animates her latest book, Gender Roles and the People of God: Rethinking What We Were Taught about Men and Women in the Church. In CT's interview with Mathews, I was especially struck by her eagerness to identify Satan as the principal force holding women back, rather than sexism, patriarchy, or something else in that vein (though I'm sure she would not dismiss these factors altogether). "Satan," she insists, "is at war against women. Satan knows that if he can keep women out of service, in the church and in the world, he will have won an enormous victory."