IN PRISM'S BOOK BAG: Evangelical Women, Feminism and the Theological Academy – LIVING ON THE BOUNDARIES by Nicola Hoggard Creegan & Christine D. Pohl (InterVarsity Press)
"Both evangelicalism and feminism are controversial movements that provoke complex loyalties and ambivalence within the church and the world at large," write Nicola Creegan and Christine Pohl in the first chapter of this recently released book. "In spite of a considerable degree of shared history, they are quite often defined against each other. Most of the rhetoric from and about the movements assumes that there are few connections and little overlap, and that individuals might locate themselves within one or the other, but not within both. Yet some evangelical women in the academy find themselves living on the boundary between feminism and evangelicalism, or on the boundaries between the multiple forms of both feminism and evangelicalism."
What happens when evangelicalism meets feminism? In their own biblical and theological training, Creegan and Pohl have each lived at the intersection of these two movements. They now both teach in Christian institutions of higher education where others follow along a similar pathway. They have a story to tell about their experience along with those of ninety other women they surveyed who have lived on the boundary between evangelicalism and feminism.
They explore what it was like for evangelical women who pursued doctorates in biblical and theological studies. What were their experiences as they taught and wrote, were mentored and became mentors? What are the theological issues they faced, and how did they respond? How have they negotiated professional, family and church commitments? This well-informed, multidimensional and sensitive narrative of women's experience will be illuminating for anyone involved in the academic theological world.