Thursday, August 20, 2009

Albert Mohler: A Quiet Circumvention of Morality -- Women in Combat

Thursday, August 20, 2009

From a Christian perspective, the concern about women in combat goes far beyond the pollsters' questions. If we truly believe that God created men and women for different but complementary roles and shows his glory in the faithfulness of men as primary protectors and women as primary nurturers, the entry of women into combat roles is an open rejection of God's purpose. As military historians document, every society throughout history has normalized the military service of men. Though women have known combat in isolated cases throughout history, the fact that such cases are rare is the exception that proves the rule. This wisdom is part of general revelation and thus the moral wisdom shared by virtually all cultures.

When women are injected into combat, the dignity of women is undermined. In the extreme conditions of combat, women are exposed to the very worst that human beings can do and a physical violence that exceeds the imagination. There is no shortage of arguments against this practice. Biological arguments document differences of physical strength and stamina. Psychological arguments consider not only the psychological profile of women in combat but the difference the presence of women makes on men fighting alongside them. Sociological arguments and economic considerations focus on the costs of women in combat roles. These arguments are important, but not ultimate. the rest image by


At 7:23 PM, Blogger Kharlos Johnson said...

you mentioned "from a Christian perspective", but what Christian doctrine says this?
I know Paul says that women shouldn't be able to speak in meetings, but I think most Christians would disagree on even that issue (1 Timothy 2:12).
I personally don't know if it is right for women to serve as combat soldiers, but I haven't seen any theological text that opposes the notion except maybe some Pat Robertson quotes perhaps.


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