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Women and the Authority of Scripture: A Narrative Approach [Paperback]

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The theological impact of accepting the absolute authority of biblical scripture is enormous_especially for women who attend and serve churches. But until now, few books have been willing to address this issue head on. Sarah Lancaster looks at the way women in the church have dealt with the question of scriptural authority and how they can address it in the future. Some women, she says, accept the authority of the Bible without question and stay in church without change of attitude or action. Others deny that the Bible has any authority, completely leaving Christianity in the belief that the Bible and Christian tradition are irredeemably patriarchal. Still others recognize that while scripture is largely patriarchal, it is authoritative for their life of faith. The Bible possesses a narrative coherence, its story resonating in our own lives. For women, the Bible can continue to "ring true" to their experience, letting them acknowledge scripture's authority in spite of its problems. The Bible is not about patriarchy; it is about how God is present to us and interacts with us in order to bring us to fullness of life. Lancaster says that women can criticize those things in scripture that help maintain a patriarchal world without invalidating scripture's authority. Scripture, she argues, informs, forms, and transforms. With its combination of narrative and feminist theology, Women and the Authority of Scripture brings a powerful new perspective to the doctrine of biblical authority in the contemporary world.

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The theological impact of accepting the absolute authority of biblical scripture is enormous especially for women who attend and serve churches. But until now, few books have been willing to address this issue head on. Sarah Lancaster looks at the way women in the church have dealt with the question of scriptural authority and how they can address it in the future. Some women, she says, accept the authority of the Bible without question and stay in church without change of attitude or action. Others deny that the Bible has any authority, completely leaving Christianity in the belief that the Bible and Christian tradition are irredeemably patriarchal. Still others recognize that while scripture is largely patriarchal, it is authoritative for their life of faith. The Bible possesses a narrative coherence, its story resonating in our own lives. For women, the Bible can continue to ring true to their experience, letting them acknowledge scripture's authority in spite of its problems. The Bible is not about patriarchy; it is about how God is present to us and interacts with us in order to bring us to fullness of life. Lancaster says that women can criticize those things in scripture that help maintain a patriarchal world without invalidating scripture's authority. Scripture, she argues, informs, forms, and transforms. With its combination of narrative and feminist theology, Women and the Authority of Scripture brings a powerful new perspective to the doctrine of biblical authority in the contemporary world. Sarah Heaner Lancaster is Associate Professor of Theology, Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. She is an ordained elder in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. She lives in Westerville, Ohio.

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Women and the Authority of Scripture: A Narrative Approach by Sarah Heaner Lancaster has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 10/01/2002 page 101


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Studio: Trinity Press International
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   Trinity Press International
ISBN  156338356X  
ISBN13  9781563383564  


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A nuanced exploration of scripture's authority as relational  Oct 26, 2002
Today when the authority of scriptures across religions is being touted as the reason why a people must go to war, Lancaster's book could hardly be more timely. Although she writes specifically to engage some feminists' tendency to locate authority in the subject, her work has much broader application. After grappling with the concept of revelation, she launches into an extensive analysis of authority based on the work of philosopher Richard T DeGeorge. A feminist herself, Lancaster, sensitively navigates the twin shoals of absolutism and relativism and anchors the reader in a compelling appreciation of scripture's unique authority. A must read by anyone who sees this issue as central to what is going on in today's world.
 

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