Breaking away

Christian fundamentalism continues to rest on an explicit gender hierarchy, and conservative Christians continue to worry about the feminization of Christianity and how to maintain male power in church settings. It is no surprise, then, to see more books by women who are seeking a path out of fundamentalism, predominantly on feminist grounds. Sue Monk Kidd’s book about her decision to leave the Southern Baptist church that she had attended all of her adult life is a story of feminist awakening and growing consciousness about her need for a specifically feminine spirituality.


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