The Problem of Accidental Feminism (Part 2 of 8)

An Emerging Generation of Accidental Feminists

This is Part 2 in a series which is exploring the problem of an emerging generation of accidental feministsAn important question must be considered at this point: how does one become an accidental feminist? Mary Kassian provides great insight to this problem in her book, The Feminist Mistake: The Radical Impact of Feminism on Church and Culture.[1]  In her study, she takes a critical look at the waves of feminism and their impact on all aspects of society, including the church. Kassian writes:

We are entering into an era in which feminist precepts are largely accepted by default.  This has profound implications for the evangelical church. In the past, the feminist agenda was pursued by a small but radical group of theologians devoted to the cause. But now the agenda is being furthered by pastors and theologians who would not consider themselves feminist at all and who would, in fact, be quite aghast to be labeled as such.[2]

Throughout her book, she presents the argument that the rise of evangelical feminism continues to have much influence on the identity and practice of Christian women. Further study was done by Margaret Köstenberger in her 2008 book, Jesus and the Feminists: Who Do They Say That He Is?[3] She takes an in-depth look at three waves of feminism in the 1830s, 1960s, and 1990s, with a particular interest in how each has interpreted Scripture to build a case for evangelical feminism in the church.[4]

What then are the results of feminist ideology seeping into the church? When Christians unknowingly embrace the values of the surrounding culture, they become confused and increasingly hostile to the truths of God’s Word. This appears to be true of the Church in Canada. Kassian rightly observes, “In the past, people in the church were complementarian until they volitionally decided to be egalitarian. Now, for the most part, they are egalitarian until they volitionally decide to be complementarian.”[5] It is apparent that the majority of the Canadian church has adopted the values of evangelical feminism which maintains the equality of men and women in value and salvation, but also the sameness of each gender in function and role.


[1] Mary Kassian, The Feminist Mistake: The Radical Impact of Feminism on Church and Culture (Wheaton: Crossway, 2005).

[2] Ibid, 288.

[3] Margarget Köstenberger, Jesus and the Feminists:Who Do They Say That He Is? (Wheaton:Crossway, 2008).  

[4] Throughout her book, Köstenberger gives an extensive overview and evaluation of radical, reformist, an evangelical feminist thought on the topic of Jesus and women. Ibid.

[5] Kassian, The Feminist Mistake, 288.



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