Christian College Solidifies Complementarian Stance

Alumni discuss chapel talk and course restrictions at Cedarville University.
Christian College Solidifies Complementarian Stance
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Cedarville University

A recent chapel talk by Cedarville University's new president has sparked discussion over campus changes related to his complementarian view of gender roles.

In his March 10 chapel talk, Thomas White discussed the concept of headship based on 1 Corinthians 11:2–16. "We operate with the presupposition of inerrancy. So what I tell you today is not something that I wrote, I made up, or I started," he said. "I'm just going to preach to you what the text says."

Cedarville, which recently weathered a turbulent year of disagreements and resignations, has also restricted classes in the women's ministry program—functionally, every Bible class in the fall schedule taught by a woman—to only female students, according to alumni and a university representative.

"In courses where we seek to equip women for women's ministry in the local church, classes have been reserved for women in order to accomplish this goal most effectively," ...

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