She Knows Truth: Toward a Redemptive Model of Women's Epistemological Development

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Institution Granting Degree

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Cedarville University School or Department

Biblical and Theological Studies

First Advisor

John D. Trentham

Second Advisor

Kevin M. Jones


Women, Biblical teaching


Gilligan, Perry, Belenky et al., and Baxter Magolda have spoken the loudest on epistemological development in past decades with numerous follow-up studies that sought to confirm and add to their ideas. Christian higher education has generally accepted or sought to integrate these models which include developmental prescriptions rooted in sub-biblical presuppositions—namely constructivism, feminism, and egalitarianism. This research asserts a series of competencies for redemptive development among women, one that is rooted in a thoroughgoing biblical-worldview and from a complementarian perspective. It employs David Powlison’s epistemological priorities as a trajectory for critically considering existing theoretical paradigms. Specifically, this project examines the developmental ideas of Gilligan, Belenky et al., and Baxter Magolda. This thesis proposes a series of developmental priorities and competencies, from an evangelical, complementarian perspective.

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