WOMEN’S PRIESTHOOD IN ANGLICANISM: A CRITICAL DISCOURSE

Authors

  • Ebenezer O. Aladegbami Ambrose Alli University
  • Daniel U. Onotere University of Benin

Keywords:

Women, Priesthood, Argument, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion

Abstract

Despite their natural and spiritual capacities, women are excluded from ecclesiastical power in the Anglican Communion, especially, the priestly order. With a special emphasis on the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), this article objectively examines the arguments on women priesthood. Discourse analysis, hermeneutical analysis, and historical methodologies are used in this study to critically explore the arguments for and against female priesthood in the Anglican Church. The research reveals that: (1) approximately 3% of the Anglican Communion globally forbids women from holding ordained positions, while two-thirds permit women to serve in traditional priesthood orders; (2) the notion that Jesus Christ is God's inferior often serves as the basis for opposition of women priesthood; and (3) the Scripture such as 1 Corinthians 11:810; 1 Corinthians 14:3335; 1Timothy 2:1114; 1Timothy 3:12, etc. forbids women from being ordained as priests. Applying the liberal feminist theory, theology, and Christian complementarianism, the paper concludes that women should be ordained as priests to uphold their human rights and interests in Christian service.

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Published

2023-11-25

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