Evangelical Feminism: A History

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NYU Press, 2005 - Religion - 245 pages

For most people, the terms “evangelical” and “feminism” are contradictory. “Evangelical” invokes images of conservative Christians known for their strict interpretation of the Bible, as well as their support of social conservatism and traditional gender roles. So how could an evangelical support feminism, a movement that seeks, at its most basic level, to redress the inequalities, injustice, and discrimination that women face because of their sex?
Evangelical Feminism offers the first history of the evangelical feminist movement. It traces the emergence and theological development of biblical feminism within evangelical Christianity in the 1970s, how an internal split among members of the movement came about over the question of lesbianism, and what these developments reveal about conservative Protestantism and religion generally in contemporary America.
Cochran shows that biblical feminists have been at the center of changes both within evangelicalism and in American culture more broadly by renegotiating the religious symbols which shape its deepest values.

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Contents

All Were Meant to
32
Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?
77
Empowered by the Word
110
Organizational Changes in Biblical Feminism 1986
149
Conclusion
190
Bibliography
225
About the Author
245
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Pamela Cochran is associate director of the Center on Religion and Democracy and lecturer in religious studies at the University of Virginia.

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