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Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | Autumn 1995

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal exploring Bible interpretation, theology, church history, and other disciplines as they address a biblical view of women’s equality and justice in the home, church, and world.

"Priscilla and Aquila instructed Apollos more perfectly in the way of the Lord." (Acts 18:26)

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Priscilla Papers Autumn 1995 Volume 9 Issue 4

Autumn 1995

Volume: 9 | Number: 4

The Power and Limitations of Language

Discover the power and limits of language in this issue, including an article on Katherine Bushnell, a look at the use of “inclusive language,” and a comparison of womanist theology to feminist theology.


The Legacy of Katherine Bushnell: A Hermeneutic for Women of Faith
By: Catherine Clark Kroeger | October 31, 1995
The most prominent voice declaring the Bible as liberating of women was raised by Katherine Bushnell, a crusader against the forced prostitution of women, and also world evangelist for the WCTU’s Department of Social Purity. Insisting that the Bible fully upheld the rights and integrity of women, Bushnell stated that she and her followers [...]

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Is “Inclusive Language” Theologically Sound, Or Just This Year’s Fashion?
By: Eve MacMaster | October 31, 1995
The Church is on the defensive these days, attacked by feminists for her long history of condoning patriarchy. Much of the criticism is valid, and most denominations are working hard, as they did when accused of racism, to atone and amend for past and present sins of sexism.

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Language and Limitations
By: Virginia Hearn | October 31, 1995
In my writing I have generally used traditional “male” language for God: he, his, him. Although I do not regard God as a “Super Male in the Sky,” I grew up hearing and reading those male pronouns for God, and the use of them comes naturally to me

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Imaging God: Another Evangelical Perspective
By: Kari Cunningham Ifland | October 31, 1995
Have you ever felt uncomfortable in a church service because of the overwhelming number of masculine references to God? Have you ever found yourself changing the words to a hymn as you sing in order to be more inclusive? Have you ever found yourself counting the number of times a masculine reference is spoken, prayed [...]

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A Comparison And Contrast Of Womanist And Feminist Theology And Experience
By: Ruth Haley Barton | October 31, 1995
The most glaring difference between the theological quest of white women and black women is the fact that black women are dealing with three levels of oppression (racism, sexism, and classism) while the white women’s struggle with oppression can be one dimensional: fighting the Victorian model of the weak (even pampered) woman who can’ [...]

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What's Right With Feminism
By: Gretchen Gaebelein Hull | October 31, 1995
As Christian women confront the complex (and often negative) baggage carried by the word "feminist" today, these women can often feel ill-equipped to sort out the many social and theological issues regarding women's roles.

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