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By Kristin Kobes Du Mez

A New Gospel for Women tells the tale of Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946), writer of God's be aware to Women, the most cutting edge and accomplished feminist theologies ever written. An internationally-known social reformer and women's rights activist, Bushnell rose to prominence via her hugely publicized campaigns opposed to prostitution and the trafficking of ladies in the US, in colonial India, and all through East Asia. In every one of those situations, the intrepid reformer struggled to come back to phrases with the truth that it was once Christian males who have been accountable of committing acts of appalling cruelty opposed to girls. finally, Bushnell concluded that Christianity itself - or really, the patriarchal distortion of real Christianity - has to be to blame.

A paintings of background, biography, and old theology, Kristin Kobes DuMez's booklet offers a shiny account of Bushnell's existence. It maps a concise creation to her attention-grabbing theology, revealing, for instance, Bushnell's trust that gender bias tainted either the King James and the Revised models of the English Bible. As Du Mez demonstrates, Bushnell insisted that God created ladies to be robust and self sufficient, that Adam, no longer Eve, bore accountability for the autumn, and that it used to be via Christ, "the nice emancipator of women," that ladies might in attaining religious and social redemption.

A New Gospel for Women restores Bushnell to her rightful position in historical past. It illuminates the dynamic and infrequently thorny courting among religion and feminism in glossy the USA via mapping Bushnell's tale and her next disappearance from the ancient checklist. such a lot pointedly, the e-book finds the demanding situations confronting Christian feminists this day who desire to build a sexual ethic that's either Christian and feminist, one rooted now not within the Victorian period, yet quite one fitted to the fashionable global.

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9 Advancing a “Woman’s Work for Woman” theory of mission, female missionaries offered medical care and training, English language lessons, and access to Western education more broadly to indigenous women and children. 11 Within this framework, evangelization necessarily entailed cultural conversion, the adoption of Western social values and practices. 13 Along with their male colleagues, missionary women were understood to be implicated in the imperial project. 14 And women’s domestic identities were central to this justification for empire.

62 Bushnell trained for her career in moral medicine not only through her formal schooling, but also as an active member of Evanston’s lively, A Paradise for Women 25 intergenerational women’s community. It was in this setting that she became thoroughly schooled in holiness Methodism. On Sunday and Thursday afternoons, for example, Bushnell could often be found at the home of Melinda Hamline, a holiness advocate, and good friend of Phoebe Palmer. The widow of Bishop Leonidas Lent Hamline, the first editor of The Ladies Repository and a “noted champion of women’s rights,”63 Melinda Hamline had moved to Evanston after her husband’s death in 1865, where she was welcomed as a heroic woman of the faith in her own right.

11 Enterprising Women Moving from Peru to Evanston opened up new opportunities for the entire Bushnell family, but for young Kate (as Katharine was often called), who early on exhibited “a robust, religious character, and more than ordinary intellect,”12 this move must have seemed nothing less than providential. 16 In fact, residents’ temperance convictions and their progressive attitudes toward women could both be attributed to the community’s Methodist heritage. 17 16 A New Gospel for Women Evanston’s women, then, drew upon a rich tradition of spiritual egalitarianism and female empowerment.

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