A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

By Kristin Kobes Du Mez

A New Gospel for Women tells the tale of Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946), writer of God's note to Women, probably the most leading edge and accomplished 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 US, 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 accountable of committing acts of appalling cruelty opposed to ladies. finally, Bushnell concluded that Christianity itself - or fairly, the patriarchal distortion of precise Christianity - needs to be to blame.

A paintings of background, biography, and historic theology, Kristin Kobes DuMez's ebook presents a brilliant account of Bushnell's existence. It maps a concise creation 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 powerful and self sustaining, that Adam, now not Eve, bore accountability for the autumn, and that it used to be via Christ, "the nice emancipator of women," that ladies could in achieving non secular and social redemption.

A New Gospel for Women restores Bushnell to her rightful position in historical past. It illuminates the dynamic and infrequently thorny courting among religion and feminism in glossy the USA through mapping Bushnell's tale and her next disappearance from the historic checklist. such a lot pointedly, the booklet unearths the demanding situations confronting Christian feminists at the present time who desire to build a sexual ethic that's either Christian and feminist, one rooted no longer within the Victorian period, yet relatively one fitted to the trendy global.

Show description

Read Online or Download A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism PDF

Best christianity books

Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

This Very brief advent deals a transparent, obtainable, and concise account of the apocryphal gospels--exploring their origins, their discovery, and discussing how many of the texts were interpreted either inside and outdoors the Church. taking a look at texts starting from the Gospels from Nag Hammadi to the Dialogues with the Risen Savior, Paul Foster indicates how the apocryphal gospels mirror the variety that existed inside of early Christianity, and considers the level to which they are often used to reconstruct a correct portrait of the old Jesus.


This e-book considers other forms of motion; the best way to gauge the effectiveness of motion; even if a number of activities are complementary or together damaging; and who should still perform the activities. French author, philosopher, and activist Jean Ousset examines the elemental questions of potent social motion, comparable to ideology, humans, assets, and the way to judge conflicting rules.

English KnowHow Student Book 2

The English KnowHow sequence attracts upon the adventure, evaluations, and goals that scholars carry to classification and gives them with balanced assurance of all 4 talents.

Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Schools

This booklet bargains a close-up examine theological schooling within the U. S. this day. The authors' aim is to appreciate the best way institutional tradition impacts the end result of the academic method. accordingly, they adopt ethnographic stories of 2 seminaries-one evangelical and one mainline Protestant.

Additional info for A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism

Example text

2 For Bushnell, each of these movements would eventually end up illuminating the shortcomings of traditional Christianity—most particularly, the shortcomings and hypocrisies of Christian men. Though she would never waver in her belief that Christianity and feminism must go hand in hand, Bushnell’s work in missions, temperance, and purity would lead her to radically alter her notion of what Christianity entailed. Mission to China: 1879–1882 In November 1879, Bushnell arrived in the city of Kiukiang (Jiujiang),3 a “treaty port” along the Yangtze River.

She soon found it impossible, however, to turn away the many patients who came to her door. 46 At first glance, the demand for Bushnell’s services appears to reinforce missionary narratives that portrayed Chinese women as victims, suffering from a lack of access to medical care. Although consistent with images of a benevolent imperialism and effective in raising funds among sympathetic American churchgoers, this characterization was not entirely true. 47 Bushnell’s own reports reveal that her treatments were not always superior to those of Chinese practitioners.

In doing so, they helped lay the groundwork for a gender-based activism that would draw countless women into the realm of social reform in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As the clearest example of such gender-based activism, temperance reform emerged as the second great movement bringing Christian women together to work on behalf of their sex. By presenting temperance work as a Christian duty, temperance leaders swelled their ranks with Christian wives and mothers, thereby introducing tens of thousands of American women to civic engagement more generally, and to the women’s rights movement in particular.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.94 of 5 – based on 41 votes