Finally Feminist (Acacia Studies In Bible And Theology Series)
Discussions about gender continue in many Christian denominations. With good people and solid arguments on each side of the divide, there seems to be little hope for a synthesis or even constructive dialogue. In this brief book, John Stackhouse proposes...
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Discussions about gender continue in many Christian denominations. With good people and solid arguments on each side of the divide, there seems to be little hope for a synthesis or even constructive dialogue. In this brief book, John Stackhouse proposes a way forward. Stackhouse provides biblical, theological, and practical arguments for his own understanding of the issue: Equality is the biblical ideal, but patriarchy is allowed and regulated by a God who has larger kingdom purposes in mind. Thought provoking and distinctive in its clarity and honesty, Finally Feminist will be extremely useful for deepening the gender conversation in the church.
"This is a clear and engaging articulation of a fresh set of evangelical perspectives on gender. Full of intriguing theological and exegetical suggestions and written with disarming frankness, Stackhouse's book seeks to stimulate good argument and counterargument, and it surely deserves to be debated long and hard."--John Webster, professor of systematic theology, University of Aberdeen"Despite its title, readers should not come to Finally Feminist with expectations of any final, watertight answer to the gender debate. A practical theologian, Stackhouse considers both complementarian and egalitarian views of women's roles and comes up with a paradigm that is evenhanded, orthodox, contemporary, and temporary. That is, he uses historical and eschatological lenses to look to both the past and the future to form a realistic model for Christian men and women in the present."--Luci Shaw, writer in residence, Regent College; author of The Crime of Living Cautiously "Of the many books for a general audience on this subject, this one is the most intellectually honest. Stackhouse shows convincingly that the Bible is both feminist and patriarchalist, both egalitarian and complementarian. He then makes a persuasive case that, while no position does complete justice to the complexity of the biblical witness, there is a way, faithful to Scripture, to steer between the Scylla of rigid gender roles and the Charybdis of accommodation to secular culture."--Gerald R. McDermott, professor of religion, Roanoke College"Changing one's mind about the gender question often requires a dramatic paradigm shift, a new model for thinking about things. Unveiling key moments within his own change of mind, Stackhouse calls the Christian community to think about and rethink the way we understand biblical texts about gender, especially when people on both sides of the debate, given a certain selectivity of texts, can happily exegete their way to either egalitarian or patriarchal conclusions. The book's proposed paradigm of 'double meaning' and 'holy pragmatism' within Scripture holds implications and challenges for both sides to ponder. This is a powerful and personal book, well worth the reading. Let us listen carefully, and let the community discussion continue."--William J. Webb, author of Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals "This book is remarkable not only for its wisdom about gender relations but also for the method Stackhouse employs for reading difficult biblical texts. His strategy is to start with the big question: How does God act, as depicted throughout the Bible? He then asks what conclusions we can draw for understanding God's purposes in gender relations. He has an answer that speaks to both sides of this thorny debate."--Nancey Murphy, professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary"Generous and constructive--and, above all, bracing! You may not agree with every word of this book, but you will not close it unchanged. I, for one, am very grateful to John Stackhouse for undertaking this important labor of love."--Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity"This book invites both sides of the gender roles debate to the table afresh. I like that no one is particularly at ease here and no one's view is accepted without challenge. Stackhouse suggests that this discomfort might be worthwhile for everyone. As we all grapple with how to be ourselves in a complex world, this book offers important insights and reflections to both men and women and to both conservatives and liberals."--Allyson Jule, senior lecturer in education, University of Glamorgan
John G. Stackhouse, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College, Vancouver. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Humble Apologetics; Can God Be Trusted?; No Other Gods before Me?; Evangelical Ecclesiology; and Evangelical Landscapes.