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The Feminist Gospel: The Movement to Unite Feminism with the Church

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Can feminism be squared with the Bible? Mary Kassian meets this question head on as she offers a thorough inquiry into 20th century feminism. Her careful examination of feminist thought--both religious and secular--gives readers a solid basis for making up their own minds about feminism. "" A penetrating analysis of the impact of feminist ideology on the life of the church ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 28th 1992 by Crossway Books (first published April 1992)
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Originally called The Feminist Gospel when published in the early 1990s, I think the author changed it to The Feminist Mistake after 2000, so that people might not purchase the book thinking it was actually pro-feminism.


It's mostly a survey of the history of secular and Christian feminism. But it's really a straw man that she is building up to strike down later in the book. The author wants to make it look like this history is somewhat objective, but her history of feminism is obviously
Ah, me. Named-dropped in 'Quiverfull,' this lady is at the forefront of female thinkers in the patriarchy movement. Ironically, some of these women write books and seem to spend much time out of their homes propounding this antiquated, anti-female view of patriarchy--although, they expect other woman to sit at their husbands feet and bend over backward to do everything to please him.

This book starts out interesting enough, talking about the history and 'theory' of feminism--as conservative evan
Mary Kassian is a woman with a considerable amount of education and theological training. She studied at the University of Alberta, in Canada, and received her Doctorate of Theology from the University of South Africa. She is a wife, mother, and an internationally renowned teacher –being a distinguished professor at Southern Baptist Seminary. Kassian is most popularly known for her teachings on the history of feminism, women’s studies, and Biblical womanhood, as she is a member herself of the Co ...more
Mar 21, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Christian Women
The book that made me go back to college
This book provides a decent historical overview of feminism, but reserves its critiques for the last chapter. It seems to presume that Feminism on its own is self-evidently wrong, but I do not think this is true unless you already think as such heading into the text. Her own response is that Feminism is unbiblical and not a true source of happiness for women. While it raises interesting questions and suggests that there is more to solving the "woman's dilemma" than equality, I do not think it in ...more
Sarah Voth
A must read for anyone interested in the subject of feminist theology, and feminism's influence on the modern-day Christian Church.

"Feminism is, to the evangelical Church, a watershed issue. In order to introduce feminist concepts into Christianity, basic beliefs regarding the inspiration and authority of Scripture need to be adjusted. Evangelical Christians who accept feminist precepts may appear very close in doctrine and theology to those who do not, but the process of time will see them end
Nov 26, 2012 Kipi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian women
A good reference book that compares the feminist and Christian feminist movements to traditional Christianity and biblical teaching. The book is pain-stakingly researched, and some readers might find the detailed history of the feminist movement difficult to get through, but the research lends credibility.
Kit Fry
Feb 26, 2012 Kit Fry rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Feminists of Faith
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I really liked it. Though I've come to the completely opposite conclusion. If women's equality is incompatible with the Bible, then it's the Bible that has to go.

It's very well written. Amazing number of references. It's a great book.
I actually didn't finish this one. It just went into a lot more historical details about feminism than I was interested in. If anyone knows of a similarly-themed book that is a bit lighter, I'd love to hear about it :)
I wish she had analyzed a little more. This is pretty much straight historical overview and comparison. She does make excellent comparisons throughout, though.
Bruce Morton
Mary Kassian writes with kindness and with an unflinching commitment to Scripture. Well worth the time to read.
I love listening to Mary Kassian speak but her writing is dry dry DRY. Too many history lessons.
Oh my goodness! I could not agree more.
I started this one but never finished.
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Mary Kassian is an award winning author, popular speaker, and a distinguished professor of women’s studies at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: Girls Gone Wise, In My Father’s House: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, and the Feminist Mistake.

Mary graduated from the faculty of Rehabilitation Medici
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