"You know, there have never been any great women theologians." So said a
professor to James, a writer and speaker with a master's degree in biblical
studies. She begs to differ, and backs up her stance with strong arguments.
Spurred on by the professor's inane comment, James started on a journey to
understand exactly how Christian theology fits into women's lives. Very nicely,
thank you. James asserts that when life's problems come calling, women will
rely on their knowledge of God to carry them through. If their understanding of
God's unchangeable character is sound, these hurting women have solid resources
to draw on and emerge from difficulties as stronger and more resilient
Christians. On the flip side, she cautions, those whose theology is weak will
quaver when the storms hit. The author cites Mary of Bethany as the
quintessential biblical female theologian, who discarded current social stigmas
and sat at Jesus' feet right along with the men. Mary looked to Jesus to solve
life's problems and sought to learn from him at every opportunity. As she did,
her theology was strengthened, making her one of the few who understood and
ministered to Jesus before his crucifixion. Says James, all women need theology
for themselves, each other, their families and the church at large because
theologically strong women make it their business to shore up and encourage
those within their sphere of influence. This thoughtful text, admonishing every
woman to embrace theology, should be classed as required reading in basic
Christian doctrine. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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