Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

No sex in the soul: Proto-feminist theology in 17th century British Quakerism—toward egalitarian relationships between women and men in ministry
by Winston, La Tonia, M.A., Regent University, 2010, 58; 1485340
Abstract (Summary)

Prior to emergence of contemporary Christian feminism, 17 th century British Quakerism was rooted in egalitarianism. This proto-feminist theology was based upon, 1.) pre-Fall restorationism in its anthropology; 2.) eschatological hope of the return of the Christ; and 3.) pneumatology focused on the Inner Light and the Spirit's selection of ministers regardless of gender and verified by charismatic giftedness. This theology justified the service of women in ministry.

This study expands the research into early Quaker theological constructs that defended women's ministry. It examines the implicit biblical theologies in the writings of George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends; and his wife Margaret Fell, to explore their proto-feminist theology, and consider it as a possible foundation for egalitarian ministry roles within the contemporary Pentecostal/Charismatic movement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Alexander, Estrelda
School: Regent University
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religious history, Womens studies, Theology
Publication Number: 1485340
ISBN: 978-1-124-10467-6
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