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Into the PulpitSouthern Baptist Women and Power since World War II$
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Elizabeth H. Flowers

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835340

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869987_flowers

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A Rattlesnake in the House: The Beginning of the controversy

A Rattlesnake in the House: The Beginning of the controversy

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Into the Pulpit

Elizabeth H. Flowers

University of North Carolina Press

At the conclusion of the 1978 Consultation on Women in Church-Related Vocations, women felt hope for their future in ordained ministry as the Woman's Missionary Union was coming to their side and the Christian Life Commission adopted their cause. The chapter discusses the transition of the feminist movement from the 1970s to the 1980s, the establishment of the Southern Baptist Women in Ministry, and the ways in which the women upheld the issue of gender, or gendered concepts of women. It also highlights the struggle's beginning years, from 1979 to 1984, and examines how biblical inerrancy and culture wars caused confusion and animosity between conservatives and moderates.

Keywords:   1978 Consultation, Church-Related Vocations, feminist movement, Southern Baptist Women, Ministry, gender, biblical inerrancy, culture wars, conservatives, moderates

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