A Response to Evangelical Feminism, Part 1

I didn’t know there was such a phrase. I didn’t know there was a name for a subject I am passionate about.  If you know me, you know I’m passionate about the woman’s role in her home, and about being a “SAHM”, and about exposing the feminist lies that have snuck into even conservative Christian circles. A girlfriend of mine proved that she did know this about me, ’cause she got me a very appropriate book for Christmas.

“Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood – A Response to Evangelical Feminism“. It’s big. It’s thick. It’s heavy, slow reading as you chew on the truths expounded upon by John Piper, Dorothy Paterson, Elizabeth Elliot, and many more. It’s actually a text book from my friend’s recent semester at Focus on the Family’s Leadership Institute. And it’s awesome. It’s putting into words all the Lord has impressed upon me about the kind of woman He wants me to be and why. I’m just warning you, I’m gonna be quoting from it a lot as I read it over the following year.  Here’s a sample of what I love from the book so far…

“In our quest to be all we are meant to be, let us not forget what we are meant to be! The question has never been whether a woman wants the best for her husband and children and even for herself. Rather the real question is this: Is being someone’s wife and another’s mother really worth the investment of a life? Does it take preparation of skills, concentration of energies, and the commitment of both to keep a home? The secular presuppositions of the present age, as well as one’s own assumptions and priorities, must continually be tested against the sure written word of God, which warns us, ‘…but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world’ (1 John 4:1)” – Dorothy Paterson (emphasis hers)

Stay tuned for more, and if you want to delve into some real solid, biblical teaching on evangelical feminism, put this book on your reading list for the new year!

5 responses to “A Response to Evangelical Feminism, Part 1”

  1. Trina Avatar

    I realize in my unfamiliarity with the proper phrases I may have given the wrong impression with this post. I feel I must state that I am NOT an evangelical feminist. That being said, I look forward to discussing this further with my readers. Having never heard of this book before, I am impressed that several of my readers have already read it! Thank you, ladies, for your feedback.

  2. Kateri Avatar

    I suspect my beliefs might be close to those of a evangelical feminist–though I have never heard the term. I simply believe in mutual love, respect, and honor. From what I have seen in general, putting one spouse above the other can lead to some pretty bad things–but as smoore2213 says, books that promote complimentarianism can be helpful and thought provoking, even if I don't agree with the philosphy. I certainly do value the vocation of marriage and wholeheartly agree that marriage and raising children is something that should be one should be invested in with their entire life/being.

  3. DelightinginHim Avatar

    I think this book is one I have and read in the last few years, or at least very similiar to this one.

  4. Belle Avatar

    Is being a wife and mother worth the investment of your life? For me, the answer is yes. I look at my grown daughters and my husband and I feel honored that God has allowed me to be an important part of their lives. It is an awesome responsibility.

  5. smoore2213 Avatar

    I identify as an evangelical feminist, and it is one of my passions–but probably my views would be opposite yours. I also own that book, as well as many books on complimentarianism(which I am not, either). I certainly disagree with much of what I read, but it gives me much to think about and chew on, which I appreciate.

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