A few days ago, I wrote a lengthy post entitled Women, Theology, and Representation, which discussed the place of female theologians in evangelical theology. The intention of the piece was to raise some issues for discussion and debate, presenting some of the concerns and tensions that I believe exist in this area.
Since writing that post, a considerable amount more has been written in the comments, and I have written several lengthy responses.
Among the issues discussed are the following:
1. The group traits that encourage theological discourse and how these can be gendered.
2. Whether women can create an ecosystem of theological discourse outside of the guild.
3. Whether there are women whose theological contributions are not fully recognized because their insights are associated with their male collaborators.
4. The importance of informal contexts of theological discourse and securing women’s access to these.
5. Whether female theologians risk violating the biblical prohibition of women speaking in church.
6. What men and women can gain from sharing theological conversations.
7. The place and importance given to women’s ministries in the Church more generally.
8. The way that the Internet changes and affects the sorts of conversations that women participate in and have access to.
9. Differences between the sorts of theological conversations that one finds among men and women.
10. Whether the lack of prominent women in evangelical theology results from the failure to legitimate their voices and to take them as seriously as men.
11. Whether the proper representation of women in theology would require a 50/50 gender split.
12. The way that principles of inclusion and principles of representation differ and how they shape the discipline of theology in quite contrasting manners.
13. Whether theologians are inescapably privileged and whether we need to stop seeing this as a problem.
Take a look at the discussion so far, and please share your thoughts!