I just received something similar to the title of this post in my e-mail inbox today. Are you serious? The person was complaining about the Catholic church and their lack of support for serious feminist theology. Let’s consider this for a moment.
The definition for theology is the study of God. In order to study God, we have developed a systematic method called exegetical hermeneutics. Exegesis is the ability to extract information from the Scriptures to form doctrine (teachings). It’s antithesis is eisegesis, which is placing your own pre-conceived thoughts, ideas or opinions into the text by selecting verses that seem to support your theories when taken out of context and used collectively. Hermeneutics is the science of interpreting Scripture.
Feminism is defined as the teachings which advocate the social, political and other rights of women. So again I ask is this author serious? Although I don’t agree with the majority of the Catholic church’s teachings, I find this kind of statement ignorant. How can you have serious feminist theology? A man made teaching such as feminism woven into Scripture to support a liberal view such as this is a classic example of eisegesis at it’s best (or worst)!
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not for enslaving women to do men’s bidding, and I believe the Scriptures teach a message of marriage being a joint and equal venture, as long as each spouse is doing his or her role. What I hate is bad theology pushed on us by a special interest group.
What do you think of this?