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Religions 2018, 9(4), 97; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9040097

Wesleyan (Anti)Feminism: A Religious Construction of Gender Equality

Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Received: 28 February 2018 / Revised: 23 March 2018 / Accepted: 23 March 2018 / Published: 27 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feminisms and the Study of “Religions”)
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Using ethnographic research and interviews, this article explored the construction of gender equality among students and faculty members at the Asbury Theological Seminary. The institution constructed an unusual blend of egalitarianism and anti-feminism using explicitly religious tools. Specifically, it was found that community members constructed firm commitments to gender equality from their heavily individualistic theology and from identification with the New Testament Church. The community’s resonance with feminism was also limited by evangelical anti-structuralism and an ethic of Christian humility and moderation. Established constructions of gender equality and inequality in established scholarly, and especially feminist, literature could not fully explain this unusual blend. This paper argues that agency and empowerment can be available to women because of the theological content of their religion. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender; feminism; evangelicalism; Wesleyanism gender; feminism; evangelicalism; Wesleyanism
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