Kate Davis's Reviews > Finally Feminist: A Pragmatic Christian Understanding of Gender

Finally Feminist by John G. Stackhouse Jr.
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Jun 12, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: theme-religion-theology, theme-body, non-fiction, theme-feminist
Read in June, 2010

The most helpful book I've read yet on the church's perspective of women, although it is a bit academic and requires full attention. Most compelling is the argument that parallel's a wives relationship to her husband with a slave's relationship to her master, and how we view these two given recent history. Today we read the Bible to say that slavery is wrong because God loves us all equally, and that Jesus was giving concessions to say how people in this role should behave. Similarly, the Bible doesn't condone patriarchy any more than it does slavery; it simply tells women and men how to behave until a time comes when our society is mature enough to do away with this destructive system. Submission and subordination are not how women were designed to live.

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