Thanks for posting this. It deserves a careful reading, and I’ll do that later today.
I do think Douglas Wilson takes the win for this round, anyhow. I much respect Tom Wright, but I'm a little disappointed at the weakness of his argument here. As Wilson notes, Wright just basically says "Early Christianity was counter-cultural in its high regard for women," "Mary Magdalen, Junia, Phoebe" and that's it, tout court.
He doesn't deal with the fact that Judaism and Christianity were BOTH counter-cultural in that they had neither goddesses nor priestesses. Everybody else did: think of the Canaanites, the Babylonians, the Romans, the Greeks, the Egyptians; Anat, Ashtoreth, Ishtar, Nammu, Juno, Ceres, Aphrodite, Isis, Sekhmet. This lack of goddesses and priestesses in Judeo-Christianity is both significant and consequential. Shouldn't we look into that?
Highly trusted, highly talented and highly regarded as Magdalen, Junia and Phoebe were -- highly regarded as Mary, the Mother of God, present at Pentecost, must have been --- there is no record that they or any other woman was ordained by the laying on of hands to join the ranks of the presbyteroi or the episkopoi.
We know, from the history of the first years of the Church, that slaves were so ordained. We know that gentiles were so ordained. Any church that had the radical chutzpah to ordain slaves and uncircumcised gentiles would not have blanched at ordaining devout, intelligent, capable women --- if that were the will of God.
Would Mary Magdalen or Dame Julian of Norwich have been better or greater, had they been priests? Would Edith Cavell or Mary Slessor have been more glorious, had they been bishops? I am persuaded that the really important, and really interesting people in the Church are not the priests or the bishops, but the saints.
Women have great liberty to serve the Lord, but not as the quarterback, though he needs holy men and women himself. To teach otherwise is contrary to Scripture as well as the historical faith of the church.
And the attempts to justify women pastors ruling men require such wresting that they serve as an argument against what they contend for: http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/WOMENPASTORS.html