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Can A Christian Be a Feminist?

I judge. Every human judges.

 

It is called critical thinking and having convictions. One way I strive to judge correctly is by listening to what people say and seeing what they do. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” (Matt. 12:34). Jesus also said that “by their fruits you shall know them.” (Matt. 7:16). The Feminist movement in the United States can be judged by not only what the feminists say, but also what they do. Mary Kassian, author of The Feminist Mistake, gives us a theology of feminism. In the process, she helps us to answer the question, “Can a Christian be a feminist?”

 

This theology divides itself into three time frames: Naming Self (1960-1970), Naming the World (1970-1980), and Naming God (1980-1990).

 

Naming Self

 

Feminists have never liked the idea of traditional roles. In other words, feminists want to decide for themselves the essence, purpose, and goal of womanhood, irrespective of men, tradition, and Scripture. Germaine Greer, also known as the Female Eunuch, summarizes this thinking: “We know what we are, but know not what we may be, or what we might have been.” Not God but woman decides what woman is.

 

Naming the World

 

Now with power to name self, feminists began to challenge life by touting the woman’s perspective, instead of seeking God’s. Kassian observed that this second phase, “challenged and redefined every niche of human existence.” Thus, feminists redefined the home. Ann Oakley described a homemaker as oppressed and exploited being duped by their husbands in thinking that they were happy. In other words, instead of seeking to conform their minds to the external world, they seek to conform the external world to their minds.

 

Naming God

 

“I’d like to thank God because She made everything possible.” This was said by the Grammy Award winner Helen Reddy for her song, “I Am Strong, I am Invincible, I am Woman.” Redefining God did not stop here, but continued with the manifestation of a female Jesus, “complete with breasts, hips, and vagina.” The feminization of God flows from the right to name. But this feminization is not to rescue God, but to destroy.

Out of her own heart, Naomi Goldenberg, professor of Religious Studies, wrote, “God is going to change. We women are going to bring an end to God.”

Judge rightly: Should a Christian seek to find a name for themselves? Should a Christian recreate what God has already set in place? Finally, should a Christian make God into their own image?

 

 

For Further Discussion:

Tim Challies: a Review on Evangelical Feminism

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