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The Feminist Mistake: The Radical Impact of Feminism on Church and Culture Paperback – May 2, 2005
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"Mary Kassian's thorough look into the development of feminist thought is a sound refutation of a movement that clearly rejects the authority of the Bible. A valuable tool for today's Christian!"
—Beverly LaHaye, Founder and Chairman, Concerned Women for America
"An important and original contribution to debates over feminist theology. . . . I warmly recommend this book."
—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition
"Timely, fresh, succinct, and best of all, biblical. I commend to you The Feminist Mistake."
—Anne Ortlund, Author, Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman
"An intelligent, balanced effort to understand feminist philosophy and theology, going beyond insightful analysis into a warmly passionate and reflectively penetrating invitation to grapple with crucial issues."
—Larry Crabb, Jr., Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Colorado Christian University
"This is an incisive, sympathetic, and well-balanced treatment of one of the most important theological and sociological phenomena of our age."
—Harold O. J. Brown, Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
About the Author
Mary Kassian is the founder of Alabaster Flask Ministries, which seeks to mentor and provide spiritual solutions for today’s women. She is also an internationally known speaker and Bible teacher, a member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, wife, and mother of three teenage boys.
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Book Review - FOUR STARS
Most of the book goes in depth about the history of feminism, and the author does indeed do a fantastic job of this history's coverage.
Kassian goes into detail about the three stages of development that can roughly be traced back to three consecutive decades:
Stage One: Naming Self (1960–1970)
Stage Two: Naming the World (1970–1980)
Stage Three: Naming God (1980–1990)
When I got to chapter twenty, (Drifting Away), I disagreed with Kassian in regards to her all or nothing approach to how a Christian is either a follower of God or a feminist, but she can't be both. And as I read further, it seemed like she backtracked on some of her earlier statements.
"I am not implying guilt by association. But accepting the feminist precept into one’s worldview immediately initiates a change in one’s view of truth and absolutes. It places one in a strong tide that can pull that individual away from God. Although for a particular person, this may not lead to a total rejection of the Bible and God, such is the tide’s logical and immanent end."
"Phyllis Trible observed “ . . . no woman can serve two authorities, a master called Scripture and a mistress called feminism.” Seeking to do so creates a tension of conflicting loyalties. The infidelity will eventually force her to leave one and cleave to the other. Such has been the history of those who have been swept into the feminist tide." "
Later, the author quotes Crittenden, who stated:
“...textbooks illustrated with little girls flying planes and little boys doing the vacuuming; coed shop classes instead of home economics; the frank discussions about condoms with high school gym teachers. Their brains, meanwhile, had been irradiated with a mishmash of feminist cultural messages…”
So just when I thought that I understood the author of taking a stand against women doing men's transitional jobs and vise versa, she says this:
"The two sexes were created differently. The Bible provides important information as to how these differences are to be evidenced. It does not, as some have argued, provide a stereotyped checklist of which sex does what (e.g., men fix the cars, women do the baking), but it does provide a broad foundational principle for the proper functioning of male-female relationships. The biblical framework teaches us to know and understand ourselves as men and women."
Ugh!!!!!! My head is spinning!
Kassian finally brings her writing to an end, and her last comments are something that I can agree to.
"Furthermore, it is important to understand that our identity as male or female has an important symbolic aspect. A properly functioning male-female relationship is a paradigm of the relationship between God’s people (the church) and Christ. Male-female relationships also teach us something of the inter-Trinitarian relationship within the Godhead itself: Christ submits to and yet is equal to the Father. A wife submits to and yet is equal to her husband. When the male-female relationship functions according to God’s design, it illustrates inherent truths about God. Remember the creation account in Genesis? In the beginning God said, “Let us . . .” Note the plural “us”—this is a conversation between the members of the Godhead: “Let us make man in our image. . . . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:26-27, emphasis added). Ultimately, therefore, who God created us to be as male and female has very little to do with who we are—and very much to do with who God is. That’s why it’s so important that we honor His design."
It's good that the author explains this because a lot of feminists feel that they are better than men. This is not true equality. Feminists contradict themselves if they claim equality on one hand, but hate men on the other.
Finally, as a Christian I do honor God's design. But I believe a strong Christian can also speak out on feminist issues as long as it does not go against His word. And one has to be strong to take a stand against the cultural tide of tolerance of "live and let live".
I also recommend the similarly titled "The Feminine Mistake" by Leslie Bennetts. Bennetts doesn't discuss the issue of feminism and religion. She discusses the economic issue with the current trend toward tradition women's work. She brings up some great points about the risk women are putting their families under by not being able to support her children if one of the following unfortunate events occur: divorce, breadwinner death, or disability.
In the end, it doesn't really matter what a religion wants you to do with your life. Those men (whose purpose in life is to live off 10% of your hard earned money in order to lead you to *eternal salvation*) aren't going to pay the bills when your husband finds the younger gal who's sexier and independent.
The problem has become more of an issue with their finding contentment and fulfilment than lacking basic human rights.
The feminist movement towards sexual independence has definitely contributed to the sexualization of our society which has created more problems for women than it solved.
I very much appreciate her writing on this subject and hope that it illuminates more people's thinking on the subject as it did for me
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