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She Preached the WordWomen's Ordination in Modern America$
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Benjamin R. Knoll and Cammie Jo Bolin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190882365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190882365.001.0001

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Support and Skepticism Regarding Women’s Ordination

Support and Skepticism Regarding Women’s Ordination

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(p.47) 3 Support and Skepticism Regarding Women’s Ordination
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She Preached the Word
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Benjamin R. Knoll and

Cammie Jo Bolin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190882365.003.0003

This chapter focuses on why some people support women’s ordination while others oppose it. It takes a deep dive into face-to-face personal narrative interviews to uncover the common themes and patterns of explanations that people give to justify their positions. It uncovers a few key themes that are common to individuals in a variety of religious traditions, including scriptural authority, personal experiences, and gender stereotypes about the gifts and talents that men and women possess. It is striking that despite interviewees’ reasons for supporting or opposing women’s ordination, many indicated they would gladly change their position if their congregation changed its policy. Middle-aged and older women, however, seem to have the most difficulty overall accepting women as pastors.

Keywords:   scripture, scriptural authority, gender stereotypes, women clergy, women’s ordination, personal narrative, interview, qualitative analysis, Gender and Religious Representation Survey, women in religion

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