Feminism An Individual Project by Brody Loewen History Feminism is the belief in the equality of men and women in everything, from political to social to economical equality. Some believe Feminism appeared in three waves: ¤ The First Wave (nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) ¤ The Second Wave (the 1960s and 1970s) ¤ The Third Wave (1990s to the present) Example of Feminism • In the nineteenth century, a wave of feminism appeared to bring up the right for women to vote. This wave appeared in the United Kingdom and the United States. It began in order to promote equal contract and property rights for women. It was also to point out the negativity of the ownership of wives and children by the husbands and fathers. The wave turned to center on getting political rights for women instead, particularly the right to vote. Important People Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the leaders in the feminist movement in the United States. Her Declaration of Sentiments is often credited with being the first organized woman’s rights movement in the United States. Susan Brownell Anthony was an American civil rights leader. She played a “pivotal role” in the nineteenth century woman’s rights movement. She traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe and gave seventy-five to one hundred speeches per year for fort- five years (that totals to between 3375 and 4500 speeches!). The Biblical Perspective, Take 1 Pastor Mark Janzen: There are two views when it comes to the gender debate; Complimentarian [males and females were created for different roles], and Egalitarian [we are all the same and that there is no difference between the two]. I am personally a Complimentatian… and I believe the Bible teaches this… I believe that many Christian men have interpreted the Bible poorly and “ruled” over their wives and women harshly… this is also not what God intended… we are told to “submit to each other”. Wives are to submit to their husbands and husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. We both have a huge responsibility to each other. Feminism… has helped the status of women in our time to be able to vote, work, etcetera, and that is a positive thing. Even Jesus treated women better that the surrounding culture. He had female followers… changed their lives… A problem with feminism is that we have blurred the lines between our roles as men and women… Galatians 3:26-29 says that all people are equal, but we are equal when it comes to salvation, it is not talking about our roles and ministry in the church. Egalitarians try to say that the words ‘overseer’ and ‘deacon’ both mean the same thing but scripture clearly shows us that they are not (1 Tim 3:1-13)… Only men can be overseers/Elders, while both men and women can be deacons. The roles of men and women are different… But when it comes to leadership in the church there is a clear distinction between the roles. If you push Egalitarianism to its furthest then gender doesn’t matter. If gender doesn’t matter then we open up a whole new can of worms. The Biblical Perspective, Take 2 Pastor Mark Loewen: • Feminism is a sin. It is an overreaction to the Biblical Principles outlining the role of men and women. • Woman Rights (which isn’t bad) is different from Feminism. Woman Rights is the staring and foundation of Feminism. • Ephesians 5 is ignored and overlooked by feminists. • Genesis 3 [the fall of man] • Feminism deters from the true intention of God’s Word… and it prevents us from raising families and children the way God intended. • Feminism leads to the misunderstanding of Church Doctrine, which will eventually allow the false doctrines to be introduced. The Biblical Perspective, Take 3 Pastor Daryl Kroeker: Feminism is the human response to the consequence of the fall of man outlined in Genesis 3… As a result of their sin, God pronounced [a] curse on the earth and outlined the consequences of their sin… In the last part of [Genesis 3:16] God said to the woman: “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” In other words, as a consequence for your sin, there will be tension and strife in the relationship between men and women… And so down through time, the relationship between men and women has born the terrible consequence of sin… Modern feminism is an attempt by women to correct the wrongs and fix the problem. The weakness with this movement is that instead of seeing sin as the problem, it sees men as the problem. The proponents of feminism don’t see their own selfish sinful attitudes and action as the problem, but it is men who are the problem. While it has helped to correct and address some of the abuses that have been wrongly heaped on women by sinful men, it as a movement has become sinful in that it attempts to do exactly what God said in His curse. The women want to take the God-ordained leadership role away from the men and take it upon themselves… Solutions In the words of Pastor Mark Janzen: “I would like to say that this is a contentious issue to deal with it with grace and love.” In the words of Pastor Daryl Kroeker: The man is to provide sacrificial love to his wife just like Christ did for the church when He went to the cross. The women is to follow the man’s loving leadership just like the church is to follow the leadership of Christ. Call to Action As stated in the last slide, we can only truly come at this topic with love and grace. We can do our best to live the way God intended: Guys, have sacrificial love towards your wives. Girls, follow the leadership of your husband. (not sure how we can do this at the current moment, since we aren’t all married…) The best we can do right now is the first part: look upon this controversial topic with love and grace. That is probably the best way to deal with Feminism, whenever it comes up. Bibliography “Ephesians 5.” Bible Gateway. (January 25, 2009) http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%205&version=31 “Genesis 3.” Bible Gateway. (January 25, 2009) http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%203;&version=31 “Feminism.” Wikipedia. (January 25, 2009) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminism (and other associated topics, such as the key people, from there) Janzen, Mark. Email Interview. (January 15, 2009) Kroeker, Daryl. Email Interview. (January 20, 2009) Loewen, Mark. Personal Interview. (January 16, 2009) (I found other sites, but I didn’t use any of the information from them (Wikipedia already had it)). THANK YOU FOR WATCHING Yep, that’s it. 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