If you are new to the Five Aspects of Woman material or a repeat customer, below is information about the “Deluxe” Five Aspects of Woman editions.

For those of you who may be confused by the many editions of Five Aspects of Woman (FAW), here is a brief explanation. Several editions of the FAW appeared in the 1990s. My “voice” was that of an American baby-boomer speaking the Scriptures on womanhood to other American baby-boomers in the context of the feminist revolution in that time and place.

In 2010 because of encouragement from others and because of my own desire, I undertook a massive re-edit of the material, shifting its voice and viewpoint from that of an American speaking to other Americans in the heat of a particular battle to the voice of a teacher seeking to articulate the Scriptural framework for other cultures and generations. The changes can be categorized as follows:

  1.  Stronger Biblical Content: First, the re-write allowed me to strengthen the content Biblically and theologically. With the benefit of decades of work in this area and by God’s grace, I was able to make the outlines of the chapters and the actual writing more clear. The section in helper-completer on marriage is a particular case in point.
  2. More Universal Application: In FAW, the 21st century version, I attempt to to set the Word on a lampstand so that its light shines against every darkness, whether it is passive men and aggressive women in the West, or oppressive men and downtrodden women of the Third World. As is often stated, one recognizes counterfeits by a thorough knowledge of the genuine. The distortions and corruptions of sexuality as created by God are legion over the world. Whatever their variation, the Word of God – with its patterns and models – reproves and heals all of them.
  3. Classic, Not Fleeting Illustrations: I replace most references to Americanisms, passing current events, and cultural oddities with Biblical examples or illustrations that will be known worldwide. I think this is a win/win since teaching Biblical truths with Biblical examples grounds the students in Bible. Plus it leaves room for the leaders in the different cultures and generations to employ illustrations and make applications suited to their group.
  4. Cleaner Formatting, Fewer Errors: Needless to say when a miniscule staff attempts a work the length and complexity of FAW, mistakes, typos, and formatting errors abound. Huge efforts have been made to correct these and to improve the overall consistency, simplicity, and clarity of the book.
  5. Best Resources Consolidated in three volumes: For the first time, the FAW course, the Frequently Asked Questions including notes on cross-types, the outline of the Five Aspects of Man, the extensive wisdom supplement, the course Answer Guide, the facilitator helps, plus the book on Deborah—all are here updated and as cleanly and accurately presented as possible in three volumes.

If you are new to the Five Aspects of Woman material, here are suggestions for how to get started:

  • Read the Course Description below
  • Read the Course Structure and Guidelines below
  • Listen to sample lessons found in resources here
  • Find out if there is a class in your area by contacting ICGS

Five Aspects of Woman Course Description

Five Aspects of Woman is a study course which develops a theology of femininity. It is designed to edify and ground committed Christian women in the Bible’s teachings about gender. When mastered, it serves as both a foundation and a framework to guard against error and free women to serve God more fully and more joyfully.

The Five Aspects course presents a way of seeing what God intends a woman to be. By studying God’s original and exemplary gender patterns—Christ and the Church, Adam and Eve, God and Israel—we see God’s design and purpose for masculinity and femininity. The course provides a Biblical vision for understanding and living God’s design for gender.

See below for a summary of the five aspects presented in the course. Each aspect is studied as it was created to be, as it is distorted by sin, and as it is redeemed in Christ.

 Five Aspects of Woman Course Structure and Guidelines

This study course presents a Biblical theology of femininity, based on over thirty years of through-the-Bible study and teaching. The five aspects are based on definitive gender passages from the Bible and each is examined from three different points of view:

  • As it was created to be
  • As it is distorted and marred by sin
  • As it is redeemed and restored in Christ

Student material for the course consists of the Five Aspects of Woman textbook in two volumes. The course is one whole published in two volumes for the convenience of those using semester time-blocks and to aid students who want a stair-step approach.  Volume One is the first part of the course, covering the first three aspects in 13 lessons. Volume Two is the completion of the course, covering the last two aspects in 10 lessons, plus critical supplements on manhood, wisdom, and Deborah. The supplements can be studied as lessons or read as appendices; they are not in Bible study format. You have not completed the Five Aspects course until you complete both volumes. Features of the course include:

  • Profiles summarize the facts of each aspect.
  • Diagrams reinforce the verbal content of the course with visual details.
  • Personifications of each aspect are provided to make each view of femininity more clear and lifelike.
  • Bible study questions are designed to guide the student through the main Scriptures of the lesson, to review the theological content presented in the text, and to encourage application.
  • Life lessons require the student to express the aspect in her own words.
The Five Aspects course is equal in difficulty to a Bible college course and therefore requires:
  • A high level of commitment
  • 3 to 5 hours weekly for preparation and meeting time
  • Multi-approach study (personal Bible study, lessons with text and audio files, class discussion, and personal application)
The benefits to the student include:
  • A Biblical overview of femininity
  • Applications for women in all stages of life
  • Foundations in basic Christian doctrine
  • Appreciation of God’s design for gender
  • Integration of Bible, theology, and application

 SUMMARY OF FIVE ASPECTS OF WOMAN

The Five Aspects of Woman course presents five characteristics or templates (aspects) in the created design of woman. These aspects are:

  1. Mistress of the Domain: Woman is created in the image of God, equal to man in her humanity, and commissioned with him to rule the earth for God. God gives woman capabilities,  responsibilities, and a domain to rule, subdue, and make productive. Genesis 1.
  2. Helper-Completer: Woman is from the man and for the man, an indispensable helper without whom the man, his work, and the whole creation are not complete. Genesis 2.
  3. Lifegiver: The woman gives life, not only through physical birth, but as a nurturer and encourager in relationships that are the foundation of all society. Genesis 3.
  4. Lady of Wisdom: Wisdom, personified as a woman in Proverbs, displays roles and patterns essential to civilization to be emulated by all women. Proverbs 1-9.
  5. Glory of Man: Through her cooperation and respect for man, she brings glory to him as he in turn brings glory to God. 1 Corinthians 11; Ephesians 5.

Femininity and gender are complex subjects. We cannot sum up femininity with one verse on submission or another on equality. Even the key passages listed above are only starting points. We must draw upon the entire Word of God — His definitions, laws, narratives, and the repeated patterns we see throughout the Bible — and not only hear what God says when He defines woman, but also watch closely how He uses gender truth in His whole revelation.

 

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A Bridge Too Far — When Masculinity Mattered at the Movies

Brad schaeffer's essay at Big Hollywood looks at the masculinity portrayed in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far, noting the sea change in the kind of men one finds in film 40 years ago compared to the male "heros" of today: "the pasty-faced overly-sensitive coastal metrosexual vampire ('Twilight') or the buff but caricatured superhero ('The Green Lantern'). Read all of Schaeffer's essay here.

Schaeffer concludes his essay with this observation:

My son, not yet 10, loves this movie [A Bridge Too Far]. My theory is that when he sees how these soldiers comport themselves with stoic valor that belies their genuine fears it taps into his still developing innate manhood; something primordial in him triggers a connection with alpha males like Col. Frost, the taciturn Gel. Gavin (O’Neal) the rock steady British Genl. Roy Urquhart (Connery), the no-nonsense cigar-chomping Col. Stout (Gould) and the cool and collected Sgt. Dohun (Caan) – who risks court-martial to honor a promise to keep his severely wounded lieutenant alive.

 

 

 

 

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