New PDF release: A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge

By Kristin Kobes Du Mez

ISBN-10: 0190205644

ISBN-13: 9780190205645

A New Gospel for Women tells the tale of Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946), writer of God's observe to Women, probably the most leading edge and entire feminist theologies ever written. An internationally-known social reformer and women's rights activist, Bushnell rose to prominence via her hugely publicized campaigns opposed to prostitution and the trafficking of girls in the United States, in colonial India, and all through East Asia. In every one of those situations, the intrepid reformer struggled to return to phrases with the truth that it used to be Christian males who have been in charge of committing acts of appalling cruelty opposed to ladies. eventually, Bushnell concluded that Christianity itself - or quite, the patriarchal distortion of actual Christianity - has to be to blame.

A paintings of heritage, biography, and historic theology, Kristin Kobes DuMez's e-book offers a bright account of Bushnell's lifestyles. It maps a concise advent to her attention-grabbing theology, revealing, for instance, Bushnell's trust that gender bias tainted either the King James and the Revised types of the English Bible. As Du Mez demonstrates, Bushnell insisted that God created girls to be robust and self reliant, that Adam, now not Eve, bore accountability for the autumn, and that it was once via Christ, "the nice emancipator of women," that girls could in attaining non secular and social redemption.

A New Gospel for Women restores Bushnell to her rightful position in background. It illuminates the dynamic and sometimes thorny courting among religion and feminism in smooth the USA by means of mapping Bushnell's tale and her next disappearance from the historic list. such a lot pointedly, the booklet unearths the demanding situations confronting Christian feminists this present day who desire to build a sexual ethic that's either Christian and feminist, one rooted no longer within the Victorian period, yet quite one fitted to the trendy world.

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