Webb v. Grudem: “Ultimate Ethic”

In the last few years William Webb has been the favorite whipping boy of CBMW and complementarians of all types. Ever since his book Slaves, Women & Homosexuals was published he has been subject to intense criticism by those that label his project “trajectory hermeneutics.” These code words are supposed to represent the idea that Webb has constructed a “cultural filter” that weeds out the parts of the Bible he doesn’t like (i.e. the subjugation of women) and posits an “ultimate ethic” outside of the Bible that the unfolding narrative of Scripture was heading towards. Thus Scripture is set on a “trajectory” towards something it doesn’t explicitly affirm, and perhaps even denies.

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