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Feminism and Christianity: Questions and Answers in the Third Wave

by Riswold, Caryn D.

Cascade 2009

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Overview

Why should feminists care about Christianity? Why should Christians care about feminism? In Feminism and Christianity, Riswold presents a collection of concise answers to basic questions like these in order to generate discussion about how the two can challenge each other and even work together in the twenty-first century. Situated firmly in the third wave of feminist activism and scholarship, as well as in contemporary Christian theology, Riswold addresses issues such as race, class, gender, and sexuality with an affirmation of tradition alongside a push for change. This book is an opportunity for Christians to gain a fuller understanding of feminism, moving beyond stereotypes and assumptions and into history and contemporary society. Simultaneously, this book is an opportunity for feminists to understand the ongoing relevance of a religion whose social power and core commitments can contribute to a vision of a just human community.

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Key Features

  • Answers to fundamental questions Christians and feminists have about each other
  • Explanation of basic terminology and history
  • Personal introduction by the author

Contents

  • Feminist Questions of Christianity
    1. Why should feminists care about Christianity?
    2. How has Christianity been a problem for women?
    3. Has Christianity been oppressive only on the basis of gender?
    4. How has Christianity affected women’s lives in a positive way?
    5. How are feminists changing the fact that Christianity has been anti-feminist, if not anti-woman?
    6. If Jesus was a feminist, and Paul was a misogynist, what’s the real Christianity?
    7. How do different Christian sects or denominations deal with women?
    8. Is Christianity better or worse for women than other religions?
  • Christian Questions of Feminism
    1. Why should Christians care about feminism?
    2. Why don’t feminists accept that the Bible teaches that men and women have different roles in creation, and that wives should submit to their husbands?
    3. Isn’t feminism just a lot of whining privileged white women?
    4. Do feminists just want to turn patriarchy into a matriarchy?
    5. How can a person be both Christian and feminist?
    6. Are all feminists really lesbians? Doesn’t feminism at least promote the sin of homosexuality?
    7. Does feminism include goddess worship? If so, isn’t it anti-Christian?
    8. Why do women think they can be pastors?

Praise for the Print Edition

Riswold’s talent as a teacher comes shining through as she confronts the suspicions Christians and feminists hold of one another, calling for appreciation of the complexity and diversity in both traditions. Rather than simply reviewing past interactions between Christianity and feminism, she boldly takes the conversation into the twenty-first century by engaging the pressing issues of race, ecology, sexuality, and interreligious understanding. A must-read for students, book groups, and scholars alike.

—Deanna A. Thompson, professor of religion, Hamline University

Even though the conversation between feminism and Christianity has developed for decades, no other book so clearly names and answers the leading questions they ask of each other . . . Riswold’s book is a delightful introductory resource for individuals, classes, and groups as it touches on and aptly answers all the main questions and fears I have heard expressed from students in women’s studies and religion courses concerning feminism and Christianity. All in all, Feminism and Christianity exemplifies Riswold’s gift for thorough, broad scholarship presented in a very clear, engaging, and accessible style.

—Marit A.Trelstad, editor, Cross Examinations: Readings on the Meaning of the Cross Today

Caryn Riswold’s book is a masterpiece in the rare art of distilling complex intellectual histories into lucid accessible narratives, and articulating complex ideas with clarity. This work reveals Riswold’s sophisticated intellect and her agility in feminist thought, Christian theology, and the interplay between them. The reader will enter a strikingly honest, daring, fruitful, and spirited conversation between feminism and Christianity. Riswold highlights the rich diversity within each and illumines their shared commitment to a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world.

—Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, associate professor of theological ethics, Seattle University

Product Details

  • Title: Feminism and Christianity: Questions and Answers in the Third Wave
  • Author: Caryn D. Riswold
  • Series: Cascade Companions
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 144

About Caryn D. Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is an associate professor of religion and gender and women’s studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. She is the author of Coram Deo: Human Life in the Vision of God and Two Reformers: Martin Luther and Mary Daly.

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