Thursday, April 10, 2008

Patriarchy Lecture Part VI of VII

“The Development and Practice for Patriarchy:
Cure for Cultural Decline or
New Gnostic Disease”
presented by Cynthia Kunsman, RN, BSN, MMin, ND
Part VI of VII
Video by Raphael Martinez of Spiritwatch Ministries
Note: Bibliography now online at

Please note clarifications below.

There is some controversy regarding the epistemology and whether coherentists can actually be Christians. (Some maintain that because of sola scriptura, Christians must either be hard or soft epistemic foundationalists.) I maintain that Christians can be coherentists, and empirical information is accepted, granting that it is submitted to the authority of Scripture. Personally, I believe that all truth is transcendent by nature (whether it is axiomatic or evidential/experiential) and that truth validates itself and is its own defense. We should certainly be well prepared to declare truth, however.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Though not mentioned in the lecture (but included on a slide), per the neurophysiology of PTSD and findings on 3 camera SPECT (blood perfusion nuclear imaging of the brain) and functional MRI, there are three major responses in the brain affected by PTSD. Because the brain affected by PTSD becomes caught up in an emotionally mediated stress response, three notable responses occur in the brain during positive self-messages (e.g. “You are the righteousness of God in Christ. You are wonderful.”):
  • As mentioned in the workshop, the Posterior Cingulate Cortex area (“Yes, that’s me!” area – BA 23) does not become active or perfuse
  • General activation of the anxiety center in the brain (amygdala)
  • General suppression of critical thought or reasoning occurs in the PreFrontal Cortex

Personally, I hold to a traditional, complementarian view wherein women can be ordained but do not meet Biblical qualification to be senior pastors or elders. I am not intimidated by those who believe that women can be pastors, co-pastors or elders; but I believe that the Holy Spirit would have caused Tyndale and others to translate some of these passages more specifically if that were the case. I do believe that the disparagements between egalitarians and complementarians are intramural and not essential doctrines, however. Some of the arguments made by the egalitarians may be considered appeals to ignorance or arguments from silence, so I personally (and currently) maintain a view that restricts women from the roles of senior pastor and elder, but they certainly can minister as a members of pastoral staff.