Liberating Tradition

Women's Identity and Vocation in Christian Perspective

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In this work, Kristina LaCelle-Peterson seeks to affirm the central place of Scripture in Christian life and highlight the liberating nature of the gospel for both men and women. She first considers the biblical ideal for human beings and then offers a biblical foundation for various topics, from identity and body image to language for God. She also examines the cultural nature of gender roles and the ways in which these roles have become entangled with ecclesial expectations.

Liberating Tradition offers a clear, Christian perspective on the issues that women face in the twenty-first century. The book does not provide a Christian gloss on the field of gender studies as it exists, but rather offers a gender-informed, scholarship-based, Christian platform from which to enter into dialogue with the scholars and scholarship that constitute that field.

"Powerfully written, powerfully argued. A real manifesto for those desiring a biblical understanding of the manifold issues associated with our concepts of gender."--Catherine Kroeger, founder and former president of Christians for Biblical Equality

"LaCelle-Peterson has written a book that is at once biblical, engaging, comprehensive, forthright, balanced, and caring. It should be especially helpful for those on the 'women's side' of the debate to read something as irenic as this; and hopefully these same features will calm some of the rhetoric on the other side. I am glad to commend it to all."--Gordon Fee, professor emeritus, Regent College; coauthor, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

"Compelling, informative, and comprehensive! This book does exactly as the title suggests--liberates. If one wants to read a single book to understand gender issues, this is it! Simultaneously, the reader is inspired to 'lean into all God created us to be.'"--Jo Anne Lyon, founder/chief executive officer, World Hope International


Kristina Lacelle-Peterson, Author

Kristina LaCelle-Peterson (PhD, Drew University) is associate professor of religion at Houghton College in Houghton, New York, and is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church.

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