Welcome to CBE’s Library

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Julia Kavanaugh, an Irish Roman Catholic, was a Victorian novelist and biographer. Her book "Women of Christianity" offers the earliest survey of women’s lives in the Christian tradition. This text refutes the frequent charge of trendiness of egalitarianism, as it was written 150 years ago. It confronts male-dominated history (“great events, dazzling actions”) as pagan and transcends the “wearisome similarity” often depicted in saints’ lives. Finally, her book invites connections with contemporary feminist texts.

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In this workshop, Medad will be dealing with the deep rooted lies that have been planted and nurtured in the minds of many people in the African society for many generations that have led to the dehumanization of the female nature of being. Generational lies such as female genital mutilation, bride price, patriarchy, widow cleansing, widow inheritance, gender taboos, weaker sex ideology, male headship, submissiveness, property inheritance, polygamy, barrenness, single sex female philosophy, beast of burden ideology, promotion ideology, original sin legends, blame ideology, and other ideas that have brought injustice to women in Africa will be unearthed and how these ideas have had disastrous consequences on the African society and how they have affected African development. This workshop will suggest ways to demolish these disastrous ideas and how to promote justice in the African communities.

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Historians characterize evangelicals of the 1800s by their commitment to and passion for Scripture, evangelism, missions, and social action (suffrage, abolition, and women’s leadership in the church). Through their dedication to these ideals, the early evangelicals made significant contributions to missions and the emancipation of slaves, and they also offered a comprehensive biblical foundation for the gospel-service of women. This lecture will explore their leaders, their biblical scholarship, their accomplishments on the mission field, and their work as abolitionists and emancipators of women’s gospel leadership.

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This lecture presents the findings of a qualitative study of women in evangelicalism, using the Evangelical Theological Society's 2014 annual meeting as the research site. 

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Was C. S. Lewis a misogynist? The answer depends on which point in his life you choose to examine. Until fairly late in life, Lewis’ view of gender relations was more influenced by his attraction to classical Greek philosophy, Pagan myth and Jungian psychology than by ‘mere’ Christianity. However, with his late acquaintance and marriage to the gifted American writer Joy Davidman, this began to change, as can be seen in his last (but least-read) works, The Discarded Image, Till We Have Faces, and A Grief Observed.

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This workshop examines the impact of church responses to victims of family violence and explores the role Christians can serve in breaking patterns of silence and biblical misinterpretations that contribute to continuing abuse and vulnerability.

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Are you passionate about biblical equality but not sure how to share the message with others? Do you long to see men and women leading together equally in the church and home but are not sure how you can make a difference? There are people, right where you live, longing for the good news of mutuality and you don’t have to be pastor, seminary professor, or theologian to bring them hope. This session shares principles and practical actions you can take to advance biblical equality through local CBE chapters and your circle of influence.

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This lecture draws from the latest leadership literature to make a compelling case for the importance of advancing more women into leadership by addressing both internal and external deterrents. It also examines what works to overcome the "stained glass ceiling" by enhancing women's leadership self-efficacy, particularly within Christian subcultures.

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