In a recent, Tweet Pastor John Piper (@johnpiper), made the following comment:
'When the Titanic sank 20% of the men and 74% of the women survived. That profound virtue was not nurtured by egalitarianism.'
I could comment on the ludicrous nature of his logic or the lack of sensitivity in using the death of so many people as a parable for his theology. But I won't.
I was trying to think of a theological argument to make but I feel weary by the very fact that he feels comfortable reducing the complementarian/egalitarian debate to the construction of such a feeble argument.
If I, a fully signed up egalitarian, were to adopt a similar approach to that of Pastor Piper, I might be tempted to make the following observation:
If women had been allowed into key positions in the Titanic project I wonder whether:
- They might not have felt the testosterone filled need to call it 'unsinkable'.
- They might not have tried to push the ship too fast to prove how good they were.
- They may not have even hit an iceberg.
But I wouldn't make these points because they have nothing to do with either the sinking of the Titanic or the frailties of the Complementarian position.