Book Alert: Jesus and the Feminists

by on November 9, 2008

Nearly every aspect of American society has been affected by the feminist movement, and the church turns out to be no exception. The feminist movement did not merely change the way evangelicals view themselves; it changed the way they view the Word of God.

In Jesus and the Feminists: Who Do They Say That He Is? Margaret Elizabeth Kostenberger tells the story of a movement through the stories and writings of its principal figures. Kostenberger explains, “I have tried to supply you with the facts—the story of these women and their views of Jesus—so that you can form your own opinion as to whether their positions are tenable and biblical.”

Her survey of the feminist movement reveals the radical misunderstanding of Jesus it has facilitated by investigating a wide range of feminist views—including radical, reformist, and evangelical. Jesus and the Feminists enables readers to recognize the assumptions behind feminist interpretations of Scripture and the consequences of building upon those assumptions.

Kostenberger concludes by offering a constructive alternative to all types of feminism in complementarianism. In this way, Jesus and the Feminists guides readers into a better understanding of the biblical message regarding Jesus’ stance toward women and offers both men and women a biblical view of their roles in the church and the home.