Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton, PhD, is an author, teacher, and chaplain who serves as adjunct professor at Perkins School of Theology and Richland College, Dallas, Texas. Jann is a widely published author and hymn lyricist. Read about her newest book, She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the Worldon Christian Feminism Today. Professor Stephen V. Sprinkle, PhD, describes Jann as “the leading voice standing at the crossroads of feminist emancipatory theologies today.”
So many disagreements among Christians result from different assumptions about how to interpret the Bible. . . . When we read God’s Word as literal words straight from the mouth of God for all times and places, we get many things wrong. In the ancient Middle East, it was natural for Israelites to connect natural disasters with God’s judgment for sin.
For many years I have also believed that a symbol other than the cross should be at the center of Christianity. The emphasis on the cross leads to the glorification of violence and death rather than the love and abundant life that Jesus taught.
With a history dating from 1973, we are an international organization of women and men who believe that the Bible supports the equality of the sexes. We are Christian feminists. We are inclusive. We welcome you.
. . . taking the humanity of the Bible seriously in no way undercuts it message, nor should it result in fear that the Bible will lose its power or meaning if we recognize that people wrote it in specific times and places with specific points of view. Of course. But, this has been and continues to be the dividing line among contemporary Christians.