Re: Women in the Church

From: Paul S. Dixon (
Date: Sun Aug 16 1998 - 20:02:25 EDT

On Fri, 7 Aug 1998 22:45:43 -0400 (Theodore H. Mann)
>Greetings all:
>I have an off-list question I hope someone can answer for me.
>In 1 Cor.14:34ff, women are forbidden to speak in the churches.
>However, 1 Cor. 11:5, it indicates that women prophesy. I assume this
>prophecy occurs in a social setting of some kind. What is the
>solution to this apparent contradiction? ( I'm sure there is really
>no contradiction at all. ) Can anyone suggest a really good article
>or publication dealing with the role of women in the church ( head
>coverings, etc.)? I haven't checked the archives. Is there anything
>there? Many thanks.
>Best in Christ,
>Theodore "Ted" H. Mann
>Orchard Lake, Michigan


We made it back let last night from the family reunion in the Rockies in
Colorado. Found my mailbox was full - 300 pieces. People at church
today informed me their email had been returned due to the jammed box.

Anyhow, am back and raring to go.

Check out my website for an answer to your question. Read the article
there entitled, "Negative Inference Fallacies: Mt 19:9, Acts 2:38 and
1 Cor 11:5."

In summary, there is a conflict between 1 Cor 11:5 and 1 Cor 14:34-45,
only if one assumes the negation of 1 Cor 11:5. As you well know,
the negation of a conditional is not a valid inference. "If A, then
B" does not imply "if not A, then not B." 1 Cor 11:5 says, "she who
prays or prophesies with her head uncovered shames her head."
This does not imply, as most usually erroneously infer, the negation:
she who prays or prophesies with her head covered does not shame her

Sincerely in Christ,

Paul S. Dixon

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