The Ornament of a Spirit: Exploring Reasons Covering Styles Change
Softcover, 173pp., 2013; $10
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1. The Ornament of a Spirit: Exploring Reasons Covering Styles Change
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This concise yet informative book addresses the New Testament teaching about the woman’s head covering (1 Corinthians 11:1-16), with an emphasis on current changes in covering styles among plain Anabaptists. As 1 Corinthians is about the church, this book takes a symbolic perspective to reveal how a change in covering design represents deeper changes in how people relate to their church.
The Christian woman's head covering is one of the defining doctrines of the conservative Anabaptist church. Some groups, such as the Amish, have remained consistent in their application of this doctrine from one generation to the next. Others, including many Mennonite and Amish Mennonite groups, have changed styles, often allowing the covering to become smaller, more transparent, or more stylish.
Why do Christian women cover their heads?
Why all the fuss about covering styles?
Table of Contents
Preface and Introduction
Section I: Doctrine of the Head Covering
Section II: Covering Style Changes in Conservative Anabaptist Churches