chapter  36
10 Pages

Feminist Theologies

Deconstructing the patriarchal gender paradigm
WithLisa P. Stephenson

The history of the Pentecostal tradition is a frustrating paradox of liberation and limitation for women in the movement worldwide. Consequently, Pentecostal feminist theologies are emerging that seek to address this bipolar theology and treatment of women in the tradition. This essay seeks to highlight the ways in which these Pentecostal feminist theologies have taken shape as well as to suggest ways in which they might continue to develop. The chapter utilizes Anne Carr’s threefold definition of feminist theology as a rubric around which to situate the various forms of Pentecostal feminist theologies and surveys the current scholarship in these areas to demonstrate the breadth of the field. Stephenson concludes with some reflections on the potential direction this discussion can take in the future.