By Kristin Kobes Du Mez

A New Gospel for Women tells the tale of Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946), writer of God's notice to Women, some of the most cutting edge and complete 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 girls in the United States, in colonial India, and all through East Asia. In every one of those situations, the intrepid reformer struggled to return to phrases with the truth that it was once Christian males who have been in charge of committing acts of appalling cruelty opposed to girls. finally, Bushnell concluded that Christianity itself - or relatively, the patriarchal distortion of actual Christianity - has to be to blame.

A paintings of heritage, biography, and old theology, Kristin Kobes DuMez's publication offers a bright account of Bushnell's lifestyles. 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 types of the English Bible. As Du Mez demonstrates, Bushnell insisted that God created ladies to be robust and self reliant, that Adam, now not Eve, bore accountability for the autumn, and that it used to be via Christ, "the nice emancipator of women," that ladies might in attaining non secular and social redemption.

A New Gospel for Women restores Bushnell to her rightful position in heritage. It illuminates the dynamic and sometimes thorny dating among religion and feminism in smooth the US by way of mapping Bushnell's tale and her next disappearance from the historic checklist. such a lot pointedly, the publication finds the demanding situations confronting Christian feminists this day who desire to build a sexual ethic that's either Christian and feminist, one rooted no longer within the Victorian period, yet particularly one suited for the fashionable world.

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