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Looking Back to Move Forward 3

Post a Comment » Written on February 15th, 2013     
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This is the third and final installation of Looking Back to Move Forward. We have been posting a series of three articles that were published back in 1976 in The Covenant Quarterly.  Donald W. Dayton who authored this article entitled The Evangelical Roots of Feminism, was at that time an assistant professor of theology and librarian at North Park Theological Seminary.  Here are Dayton’s own words which outline the three sections of his article:

“With these comments in the background I would like to discuss in three steps the interrelationships between evangelicalism and feminism. First. I will indicate some features of the Evangelical Revival of the eighteenth century that contributed to a new role for women in the church and derivatively in society. Second. I will suggest how these themes were transformed into feminism in the pre-Civil War conjunction of revivalism and social reform (especially abolitionism). Finally. I will attempt to confirm this argument by sketching how this feminism was incorporated into the forms of evangelicalism that are close to our own experience.”

To read the article, click on Evangelical Roots of Feminism

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Book review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

Post a Comment » Written on February 1st, 2013     
Filed under: Testimonies and Stories

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans.Thomas Nelson Publishers (2012)

Brought up in a church that supported “traditional gender roles” for men and women, Rachel Held Evans takes us on a journey to investigate what ‘biblical womanhood’ really might look like in the 21st Century. Described as “an exercise in scriptural exploration and spiritual contemplation”, Held Evans pursues a different virtue each month (gentleness, obedience, beauty, silence, submission), wrestles with Scripture and shares her stories with a great mixture of humor, compassion and detail. She pays particular attention to Proverbs 31, challenging how some churches have interpreted this passage and questions what it truly means to be a ‘woman of valor’ (a series she continues to investigate on her popular blog). A fun, thought-provoking and insightful read.


Book review by Alice Hague.

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