Proof-tex­ting?

The Church of England - - LETTERS -

Sir, Malachy Corn­well-Kelly asks why the Ge­n­e­sis pas­sage isn’t the con­se­quence of sin and Gala­tians the ‘get out of jail free’ card. This is be­cause Adam names Eve - as woman - be­fore the fall; to name some­one is to have author­ity over them.

Mean­while the Gal 3:28 pas­sage must be in­ter­preted in the light of the fact that else­where Paul con­tin­ues to dis­tin­guish the treat­ment of men and women in the church - there­fore it is ab­surd to sug­gest that this verse dele­git­imizes all his other com­ments on the is­sue. To do so is a crass piece of proof tex­ting, the sort of thing that usu­ally brings shame on us evan­gel­i­cals. That lib­er­als are re­sort­ing to it in this case goes to show how des­per­ate they are. Bruce Pat­ter­son, Manch­ester

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