Turning Points in Feminist Theology

Lyman T. Lundeen

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1988

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

We are witnessing the long-term impact of feminist consciousness raising and feminist theology these days. Feminist voices are being heard broadly, and their influence is no longer new but becoming a strand of tradition. Feminist emphases are being passed along—the torch moves from hand to hand. So it makes sense for one who is either “in” or “out” of the feminist circle to do some thinking about key issues raised in this framework. That is what I want to do here. I am inviting attention to issues I see, proposing that they represent basic decisions faced by the feminist stream of Christian theology. I am calling these issues “turning points” because I think they reflect the need for choices within the feminist movement and similar decisions for those who seek to include constructive emphases from feminism in the broader life of theology and church. Such choices also imply some exclusive identification: turning toward one emphasis will mean turning away from another. Christian theology has always had to do that, and such painful assessments face feminist theology as well.

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