Caryn Rivandeniera posts on the trouble with Democrats including evangelical feminists as serious biz at Her-meneutics blog hosted by Christianity Today.
My favorite quote came when she pulled from Anne Graham Lotz (Bill Graham’s daughter), a woman who has had men turn their backs to her while she spoke to mixed audiences.
In her Washington Post article, Lotz writes that it is, “A privilege to be an ‘evangelical feminist,’” though the moniker is new to her, Lotz fills out the term as describing Biblical women from Eve to Ruth. Lotz subscribes to label, “if it describes women who are strong, bold, free-spirited leaders inside and outside of their homes, unashamed of their faith in God, his Word, his Son, and his Gospel . . . .”
I think both words are highly explosive, but not necessarily counter-intuitive. Both are growing to be “dead words” they’ve been whipped into submission of politically pushy and slightly abhorrent (at least to many) groups of men and women.
At the moment, the cultural meaning of feminist often runs the gamut from bra-burning angry felines which I’ve encountered in Christian circles. For instance, as the only female on the Christian panel for an apologetics conference in the midwest I asked one of the speakers what he thought of Christian feminists.
“What Christian feminists?” he joked back to the all male group’s delight. “They don’t exist.”
I kept my mouth shut to reveal one was actually in his presence. Feminism can also mean anyone who believe women deserve the same amount of dignity, value and treatment as men. Feminists, can even believe men and women are not identical. I’m one of those, which is why I wrote Ruby Slippers, to show that woman are distinctly and fully made in God’s image.
I’ve considered renaming my blog FCF: Feminine Christian Feminism.
Do you think more or less people would want to read? And why is that?
Of course, the further problem with the label “evangelical feminism” is that I’m not entirely sure what “evangelical” means anymore. Such a freighted term. Do you think you could describe the meaning of “evangelical”?
Scott McKnight highlights that evangelicalism is at least: inerrancy of Scripture, evangelism and Christian nation. Not sure these definitions adequately describe my beliefs, anymore.
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