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"Theology Matters" with The Pellews: Answering Feminist Criticism of The Bible

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Join Devin & Melissa Pellew as they discuss topics related to biblical theology, Christian apologetics and worldview issues. This week, our special guest will be Dianna Williams, a native of Toronto, Canada and a graduate of Southern Evangelical Seminary, who holds a Master's in both Apologetics and Philosophy.

Dianna will be discussing one of the ramifications for theology of the Feminist Movement, Feminist Criticism of the Bible, from content in the chapter she wrote in Basics of Biblical Criticism: Helpful or Harmful? that was published in 2016. Feminist criticism of the Bible is predicated on the idea that the biblical text is a tool of oppression both created by men and used by men to cement the second class citizenship of women. While some feminist critics champion the view that Christianity should be done away with altogether, there are many who believe a new interpretation of the Bible is warranted- one that implements women’s experience as the criterion by which to determine the usefulness and authenticity of the biblical text.It may come as a surprise to some that the assumptions of feminist critics of the Bible aren’t just assumptions found in the culture or academy. They’re in the church too. These ideas aren’t just circulating in religious studies classes or gender studies classes; they’re also being contemplated by women who take their faith seriously—but aren’t quite confident in how to go about explaining that God isn’t a misogynist or the Scriptures weren’t invented by the patriarchy. Are there informed and rational answers to these ideas? Absolutely! Let's discuss! 

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