A Comparative Discourse Analysis of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary's Statement "On the Unique Headship of Christ in the Church" and the Response Statement, "An Open Appeal"
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Andrews University Seminary Studies (AUSS), ISSN: 0003-2980, Vol: 55, Issue: 1, Page: 45-82
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- Women's Ordination; Critical Discourse Analysis; Interdisciplinary Studies on Religion
This article comparatively analyzes two written statements on women’s ordination that were issued in 2014 by two groups of Seventh-day Adventist scholars who represent opposing views. Taking the approach of Critical Discourse Analysis, the study focuses on intertextual and interdiscursive relationships and the use of language. By analyzing formal and linguistic aspects of the texts, it seeks to identify contrasting ideologies and discursive strategies manifested in the texts. The analysis shows that both texts include heavy references to the Bible and Ellen G. White’s writings, but the two groups’ different understandings of the Trinity leave no room for negotiation. Further, a lack of consensus on the definition of “headship” and “leadership” keeps the groups from effectively engaging in the debate. The article argues that if the church wishes to move the discussion forward, it is important to come to a consensus on its definition of pastoral leadership and its view of the Trinity.