Cherith Fee Nordling

in The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195369441
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

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Attempts to speak of gender in the context of evangelical theology are often fraught with misunderstanding or intransigence. As gender has become a concept used within theological anthropology (rather than emerging from it), it brings along its own set of issues that mainly derive from the sociological contexts and categories in which it developed. How do we live out a gendered reality in conformity to Jesus Christ, the eschatological New Adam of a new, restored human race? Does evangelical theology continue to marginalize women based on the order of old creation, or does it manifest a theology of mutual participation in God's new creation? Much evangelical culture and theology mirrors aspects of popular culture, as each remains influenced by and perpetuates forms of premodern gender essentialism. This article considers how the concept of gender has developed, how it plays out in evangelical theology, and how the gifting and influence of various women in Christian church history compared to some current evangelical proscriptions. It also examines eschatology, resurrection, ascension, and the Holy Spirit.

Keywords: Christian church; gender; eschatology; resurrection; ascension; Holy Spirit; evangelical theology; women; culture; essentialism

Article.  7176 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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