Don Carson, Tim Keller, and John Piper had a discussion last April about why the Gospel Coalition is complementarian. Many people have asked why a group that majors on the primary issue of the gospel would put so much emphasis on a secondary issue like complementarianism. That’s a fair question to which these three men give good answers. Keller argues that the gender question is only “indirectly” a gospel issue. The egalitarian hermeneutic has the potential to undermine not only gender roles, but also the gospel itself. There is much more to this discussion, and I encourage you to take it all in from the video above.
On a related note, Don Carson has written a short, helpful essay on terminology as it relates to complementarianism. He explains why the term complementarianism was chosen to describe the biblical position over and against terms like “patriarchy” or “traditionalism.” There are some helpful points in Carson’s piece, even as it provides a gentle counterpoint to earlier discussions on this blog about the term “patriarchy.” You can read that earlier discussion here.