Possibly the first time I became really aware that feminism was attacking the church was in 1992 when we visited L’Abri in the UK. We knew we were swimming upstream when it came to stay-at-home-motherhood,  material wealth and some other issues. It was good to know that asking these questions was important.

Since then I have come across a universe of material both supporting and condemning Christian Feminism. One of the most helpful books I’ve read on the subject is Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by Piper and Grudem (which is available free as a pdf here) If you only read chapter one, you won’t regret it. The other is The Essence of Feminism by Kirsten Birkett. (published by Mathias Media)

Over the last two weeks I’ve read Does Christianity Squash Women? by Rebecca Jones. More than just a pragmatic book about ‘how to…’, it develops an intelligent, theological explanation of the issue while still being easy to read. These are two quotes to sum up the book but they also sum up my thinking on the issue.

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point. MARTIN LUTHER

How Christians think about and live out our male-female distinctions is one of the foremost evangelistic tools in reaching those who have not understood the gospel. The ‘women’s issue’ is not secondary, but central to the proclamation of the gospel in the twenty-first century. from the book (emphasis mine)

That’s all.