Luther on the Self: A Feminist Critique

Daphne Hampson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1988

Issue: Feminism (Vol. 8, No 4, Fall, 1988)

It is imperative that feminists working in theology should pay attention to the implications of feminist thought for the structure of theology. This essay suggests that, while there can be no incompatibility between feminism and being religious, feminism comports ill with Christianity. This is particularly the case when we consider Christianity in its Lutheran form. On the other hand, Luther understands that if one is to speak of God one must say that the self cannot be itself except as God is fundamental to the constitution of that self, must be retained within theology, and indeed can appropriately be developed by feminists.

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