A critical analysis of the feminist theology of Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
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This dissertation examines the theological movement of Virginia Ramey Mollenkott throughout the course of her public writing career and ministry. The paper identifies the major ideological development of Mollenkott during her adult life. It is divided into three major sections: The reason for this study, a descriptive analysis of her books and theology, and an internal, and an external critique of her beliefs. Mollenkott developed her feminist theology over a span of time that secular culture was reacting to the need for societal equality for women. She considered the beliefs of her time as important, and sought to reconcile feminism with her Christian belief. Because of her role in this movement as a leader, her thought is carefully considered and described. The second portion of this work synthesizes Mollenkott's works into five major themes: Christian humanism, feminism, new hermeneutical methodology, new understanding of soteriology, and the cultural issues of homosexuality and inclusive language. Development of and contributions to these themes are considered in this portion of the dissertation. Finally, a critique is offered from one who accepts and affirms her beliefs and from a positions that rejects Mollenkott's theology. First, an analysis is offered according to someone who would accept her logic, however finds problems within the logical framework of Mollenkott. Then, the critique from an evangelical complementarian is given wherein her ideas are considered. Research implications and applications are included at the end of this work.