Adrian Warnock is amazed: Theology Is For Women, Too.
Oh wow, thanks Adrian for so kindly pointing out that the other 50% of people created in God’s image are able to think about God – I would never have guessed without you pointing it out.
Of course what Adrian means is not that women can do theology, but they can do it in a way acceptable to him as a devotee and practitioner of male headship (oh yes, and of course their books are not for him to read but for his wife).
In fact there are many examples of women theologians, here are a few that have influenced me:
- As bloggers: Pam and Sally are two favourite Methodist theologians in my blogroll. With Maggie a favourite non-Methodist (Pam and Maggie being ordained ministers and Sally on the way)
- As authors I have been particularly blessed by Margaret Silf and Sandra Schneiders
- As a Biblical scholar Dr Ann Nyland continually blesses me with her translation "The Source"
- As teachers of theology: Rev Judith Maizel-Long, Rev Angela Shier-Jones, Rev Jane Leach
- As mentors: Rev Sam Funnell
- As pastors: Rev Pat Creamer, Rev Jane Ashplant, Rev Shiela Purdey
- As my bosses boss (ie Northamton District Chair): Rev Alison Tomlin
- As colleagues: Pastor Rosemary Eaton, Pastor Sandra Willet, Rev Shena Bell
- As partners in training (& friends and colleagues): Rev Barbara Fairburn, Rev Glayne Worgan, Deacon Jan Sutton, Rev Jen Smith, Rev Nutan Suray, Deacon Ruth Shepherd, Rev Mindy Bell
What Adrian means is here is a woman that can do theology that is acceptable to a male complementarian. A woman doing theology who does not question mens role as leaders, as head of the family, as the only people able to be ordained, or be an elder. A woman doing theology who does not touch on justice, because that would open a whole can of worms.
And yet despite the sachrine sweet theology of a woman teaching about submission in many guises there is actually stuff for all people (perhapes especially men) to learn from a narrowly focused blog about attempting to live out the gospel in an environment many of us would consider unjust. We can all learn more about grace and humility etc (yours truely maybe especially) – so you may find Practical Theology for Women interesting, as long as you don’t imagine that this is all the theology women can do. [update] See another post responding to Adrian: Do Female Theology Bloggers Prove Egalitarianism is Right? | :: in.a.mirror.dimly ::.
I will just end with one last comment, if feminism is a dirty word for you then you really do not know what you are missing. Feminist theology is (among other things) a fantasticly helpful way of blending multiple ways of examining scripture & the world. Applying multiple disciplines to a text is so illuminating. My first exposure to feminst theology was so liberating and exciting and challenging and life-giving that I would encourage everyone to get some, even if you do not accept the equality of the writers.