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"I am suspicious of those who say the Bible never troubles them. I can only assume this means they haven’t read it."

"I am suspicious of those who say the Bible never troubles them. I can only assume this means they haven’t read it."

So yesterday I pushed back a little bit at Tim Challies and those in the biblical womanhood movement who teach that the Bible speaks against women “letting themselves go.” I noted that part of the problem is that we have grown so accustomed to using the word “biblical” prescriptively (to mean, “what God wants”) rather than descriptively (to mean, “that which is found in the Bible”), we have forgotten that behind every claim to a biblical lifestyle or ideology lies a complex set of assumptions regarding interpretation and application. Somehow we’ve gotten stuck in the wrong conversation. We’re arguing about whether a “biblical woman” should wear stained t-shirts or nice sweaters for her husband when what we should really be asking is, “What do we mean by ‘biblical woman’?” When we turn the Bible into an adjective and stick in front of another loaded word (like “womanhood,” ...

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