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Perspectief 34 dr. Margriet Gosker Wijngaards she was ordained in a sacramental way. 19 So in his view this can become also a reality in our times: E facto sequitur posse . No biblical arguments 7. In my view there are no valid biblical arguments to keep women out of the ordained ministry. All the arguments circulate already for ages and this will not help us any further. There is no need for new reflection on the old theological issues, like the concepts of representation or the Twelve , which have also been discussed many times. Recently (in May 2014) there was a new theological Lutheran-Orthodox dialogue in Tallinn (Estonia) 20 again focusing on the ordination of women. Like the discussion in the Dutch Council of Churches in June 2014 there was also in Tallinn a warm and good atmosphere 21 , but we still seem to be in a blind arm of a river (Sackgasse) now. Churches are really in need of reformation these days and guided by the Holy Spirit, they cannot remain captured by old traditions of earlier times. Society, culture and the Gospel 8. In our modern society women are active in the whole alphabet, working as an artist, bibliographer, curator, driver, economist, flute player, general, housekeeper, industrial, judge, king, lawyer, minister, notary, optician, professor, queen, radiologist, soldier, teacher, usurper, volunteer, wardress, yachter and zapper. Sometimes the Protestant churches are accused of only following changes in social structures, lead by feminist ideas. Certainly such modern social developments are important and influential, but they are not the only reason and they do not automatically lead to the ordination of women. 22 19 J. Wijngaards, The Ordained Women Deacons of the Church's First Millennium , The Canterbury Press, Norwich, 2002. 20 21 This was also the experience of Rev. L. van Reijendam-Beek. L.W. van Reijendam-Beek, ‘Vrouwen in het Vaticaan, gewenst?, in: C.P. van Andel , R. van den Beld, In gesprek met het Vaticaan , Kok, Kampen, 1986, pp. 60-75, 65. 22 We read in a study of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches the following: “As a part of the human community, the Christian community is bound to be shaped by the changes that take place in that larger community. A glance at the history of Christianity gives us enough evidence to show that the Christian