Lecture and Textbook Objective: Explore the historical role of women in church history, paying attention tothe ways in which women’s roles have changed in settings of revival (Sect. 43 and pgs. 281-283; 304-308,Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, by Mark A. Noll).
Waxing and waning between poles of revival ism and respectability Many stories to be told but… Women are, by and large, disempowered where it is institutionally convenient.
- Pg 281
- From the start, a vitally important role in Protestant mission had been played by women, acting both as wives of missionary husbands and on their own.
Pg 283 In latter part of the nineteenth century, a number of important missionary societies were founded, funded, and directed by women acting on their own. These included the Female Education Society and the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society in Britain, the Women’s Union Missionary Society in the United States, and several orders of German Lutheran Deaconesses. The twentieth century brought a fresh awareness of how important women have been throughout the entire history of Christianity. There is an awareness of the role of women in cross cultural communication of the gospel, the importance of women’s theological vision, and the preponderance of women as ordinary followers of Christ.
305- At the start of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century, women have played a disproportionately large role in the activities of mission, including fun raising, theologizing, and leadership.
- Pg 306- Studies from almost every era of the church’s past and form many regions have offered similar findings, namely , women have made up a larger proportion than men among church attendees, those practicing Christian devotion, and those maintaining orthodox beliefs. The turning point with respect to women’s activities does not concern primarily the activities themselves. Rather , the turning point in cludes public awareness of women’s importance for ordinary Christian activites, the correction of prespective to include a fuller picture of women’s work, and a growing awareness of how incomplete are theological ,ecclesiastical, and historical accounts that do not reflect the perspectives of both men and women.
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