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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.



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Date de parution 01 décembre 2005
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EAN13 9781441205919
Langue English

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Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology
Craig A. Evans and Lee Martin McDonald, General Editors
T he last two decades have witnessed dramatic developments in biblical and theological study. Full-time academics can scarcely keep up with fresh discoveries, recently published primary texts, ongoing archaeological work, new exegetical proposals, experiments in methods and hermeneutics, and innovative theological syntheses. For students and nonspecialists, these developments are confusing and daunting. What has been needed is a series of succinct studies that assess these issues and present their findings in a way that students, pastors, laity, and nonspecialists will find accessible and rewarding. Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology, sponsored by Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and in conjunction with the college’s Hayward Lectureship, constitutes such a series.
The Hayward Lectureship has brought to Acadia many distinguished scholars of Bible and theology, such as Sir Robin Barbour, John Bright, Leander Keck, Helmut Koester, Richard Longenecker, Martin Marty, Jaroslav Pelikan, Ian Rennie, James Sanders, and Eduard Schweizer. The Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology series reflects this rich heritage.
These studies are designed to guide readers through the ever more complicated maze of critical, interpretative, and theological discussion taking place today. But these studies are not introductory in nature; nor are they mere surveys. Authored by leading authorities in the field, the Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology series offers critical assessments of the major issues that the church faces in the twenty-first century. Readers will gain the requisite orientation and fresh understanding of the important issues that will enable them to take part meaningfully in discussion and debate.

© 2005 by John G. Stackhouse, Jr.
Published by Baker Academic a division of Baker Publishing Group P.O. Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287
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“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
“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 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
To Aunt Donna-Jean, Aunt Jan, Aunt Val, and Kari

Title Page
Copyright Page
1 Toward a New Paradigm
2 The Paradigm
3 Responses to Arguments

Appendix A: How Not to Decide about Gender
Appendix B: A Woman’s Place Is in . . . Theology?
Subject Index
Scripture Index

A ren’t we “done” with gender? Haven’t all the relevant issues been raised, all the texts scrutinized, all the alternatives arrayed?
Christian discussion regarding the identity and roles of men and women typically has been conducted between two sorts of Christians: those who side with the tradition of patriarchy, in one form or another, and those who identify with some sort of feminism. Since the middle of the nineteenth century, the voices of preachers, theologians, exegetes, activists, missionaries, and, latterly, social scientists have contributed to this vexed debate. These voices have been both male and female. Moreover, and perhaps surprisingly to some, male and female voices have been heard on both sides: Not all patriarchalists have been male, nor have all feminists been women. Furthermore, neither side has demonstrated a corner on piety, orthodoxy, fidelity, or charity. Nor can only one side command the fields of Scripture, theology, tradition, social science, and everyday experience. It seems abundantly evident that there are very good reasons to hold to either side of this debate. So is there anything left to say?
I want to address this issue as one who enjoys friends on both sides of this controversy. One of the ways in which this book perhaps offers something unusual in this discussion stems from my disposition to believe that both sides are right, for it seems unlikely to me that the intelligent and godly people who are found on one side or the other are totally, or even mostly, mistaken. (This point is rarely acknowledged by the polemicists, but many people in the pews who often feel torn in their allegiances to friends on both sides see it readily enough.) If a way can be found to hear each side fairly, to acknowledge not only the personal integrity of the participants but also the spiritual and intellectual integrity of their positions, then that way deserves a good look. It is that way I have chosen to take.
I have concluded also, however, that neither side’s characteristic line of argumentation is entirely right. Hence, I here set forth a way of looking at gender that can affirm much, even most, of what both sides typically say and yet does so in what I hope is a single, coherent paradigm that amounts finally to a Christian feminism.
I do not claim uniqueness for this approach. In fact, I am rather leery of all claims of intellectual uniqueness, not only because they are usually impossible to prove (how can you know that no one has anticipated your ideas?) but also because they are suspiciously self-aggrandizing (why would God have vouchsafed such insights specially to you?). But I write this book because I have not seen quite this arrangement of ideas before. And it is this arrangement and not the constituent particular arguments, most of which I have gratefully gathered from others that has helped me most in thinking about this debate and is therefore this book’s central contribution to that debate. [1]
This volume was occasioned by invitations in 2004 to give lectures at two North American evangelical schools: the Visiting Christian Scholar Lectures at Taylor University in Indiana and the Hayward Lectures at Acadia Divinity College in Nova Scotia. Because I continue to worship and serve within evangelical Protestantism, I thought it well to speak to what is indeed a live and contentious issue in those ranks, however otiose it may seem in others. Moreover, it is clear that gender controversies continue to roil not only evangelical communities but also many communities elsewhere within Protestant Christianity, as well as in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox circles in North America and around the globe.
In the limited time such lectureships allow, and now in this small book, I have focused on the questions that are most controverted in most of these groups: the status and roles of women and men in church and family. There is, of course, much more to be said about gender. Kendall Cox lists other important items still on the larger agenda:
the sexualization of youth in advertisement; the impact of the “single breadwinner” economic system on middle-class men; dualism, sexual repression, and disembodied rationality; sexual objectification in the media; the correlation between child sexual abuse and authoritarianism in Christian households; the treatment of singles as second-class Christians; female complicity in their own subordination; the correlation between male pornography use and sexually violent attitudes toward women; the devaluing of emotion and relationship in masculine conditioning; suppression of stereotypically “feminine” attributes in men and stereotypically “masculine” attributes in women; rampant misandry and misogyny, etc. [2]
I trust, then, that this volume will contribute at least a little to the opening up of a wider range of conversations among evangelicals and also among the many other Christians who share these interests. In particular, I hope it will ass

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