Feministisch christendom in Vlaanderen 1979-1990: een nieuwe "vervrouwelijking"?

  • Bart Latré


Influenced by feminist theology, feminist christians in Flanders aimed at a
'feminisation' of christian religion. Compared with the 'feminisation' of religion
in the nineteenth century, there are differences as well as similarities in
content. Nevertheless, the context in which the gender construction of feminist
christians is placed, has changed radically. In the nineteenth century,
women were still associated with the private sphere, while in the 1960s and
1970s, the 'second feminist wave' refused the connection of male and public
on the one hand, and women and private on the other hand. Consequently,
the 'feminisation' of christian religion of feminist christians was also applied
to more 'public' aspects of christian faith, such as theology, church government
and church history. It's also remarkable that the way of believing of feminist
christians was clearly influenced by the dechristianised society in which
they lived. Consequently, the phenomenon of feminist christians doesn't contradict
Calum Browns thesis that women, rejecting christian discourse as a
cornerstone of their identity, caused dechristianisation in the 1960s.

How to Cite:

Latré, B., (2007) “Feministisch christendom in Vlaanderen 1979-1990: een nieuwe "vervrouwelijking"?”, Handelingen - Koninklijke Zuid-Nederlandse maatschappij voor taal- en letterkunde en geschiedenis 61, 293-309. doi:

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Published on
10 Jan 2007
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