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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 notice to Women, probably the most leading 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 United States, 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 ladies. eventually, Bushnell concluded that Christianity itself - or quite, the patriarchal distortion of precise Christianity - needs to be to blame.

A paintings of historical past, biography, and old theology, Kristin Kobes DuMez's e-book presents a shiny account of Bushnell's lifestyles. It maps a concise creation to her interesting 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 girls to be robust and self reliant, that Adam, now not Eve, bore accountability for the autumn, and that it was once via Christ, "the nice emancipator of women," that girls could in achieving religious and social redemption.

A New Gospel for Women restores Bushnell to her rightful position in background. It illuminates the dynamic and sometimes thorny courting among religion and feminism in sleek the USA by means of mapping Bushnell's tale and her next disappearance from the historic checklist. such a lot pointedly, the ebook 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 really one suited for the trendy international.

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48 It was Bushnell’s new neighbor, Frances Willard, who was to exert the greatest influence over Bushnell during her time in Evanston. Recently returned from extensive travels in Europe and the Middle East, Willard, already a leader among Evanston’s women, had begun to reflect publicly on the condition of women in foreign lands, and also in her own country. Though by comparison she found the lot of American women preferable, Willard nevertheless argued on behalf of the advancement of women in the United States, as well as abroad.

Though she would never waver in her belief that Christianity and feminism must go hand in hand, Bushnell’s work in missions, temperance, and purity would lead her to radically alter her notion of what Christianity entailed. Mission to China: 1879–1882 In November 1879, Bushnell arrived in the city of Kiukiang (Jiujiang),3 a “treaty port” along the Yangtze River. In the wake of the Treaty of Tianjin, signed in the midst of the Second Opium War (1856–1860), Western powers had forcibly opened up Kiukiang to foreign trade, and to Christian missions.

To a degree this alliance strengthened the movement for women’s rights, vastly expanding its ranks and fostering feminist critiques of traditional Christian doctrines concerning women’s societal roles and religious authority. But the alliance could also work at counter purposes. For example, by reinforcing Virtue, Vice, and Victorian Women 29 the notion that Western, Christian women enjoyed positions far superior to women across the globe, the missionary impulse could at times stifle efforts to reform Western social and religious traditions.

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