Webb proposes what he calls a redemptive-movement hermeneutic approach to understanding and applying Scripture. He first illustrates a redemptive-movement hermeneutic by reading biblical texts on slavery. Next, he addresses possible misunderstandings and misconceptions. In the third part of the article, Webb surveys four typical responses to his proposed hermeneutic, and responds to these views.
The authors reflect upon the context of postmodernism in which the church finds itself and the impact it has on both an evangelical understanding of the authority of Scripture and a hermeneutic that allows believers to understand and apply God's Word to different aspects of the Christian faith and life.
During the last few decades we have witnessed an increasing awareness of the importance of hermeneutical procedure in interpreting the gender passages in the New Testament. Robert Johnston attributes the differences in approach regarding the role of women in the church taken by Christians to "different hermeneutics," calling the study of women's roles a "test case" of evangelical interpretation.