Monday, October 26, 2009

The Quiet Position

Work travel and vacation have kept me away from the blog for the past three weeks. But now I should have a more regular schedule and opportunities to share. Below are links to an article that I came across in the current issue of Discipliana, published by the Disciples of Christ Historical Society.

The author is John Mark Hicks, Professor of Theology at Lipscomb University, a Church of Christ institution. The complete title of the article is Quiet Please: Churches of Christ in the Early Twentieth Century and the "Woman Question." I found the online version at the author's blog site.

The heart of the article is how the Tennessee Stone-Campbell Churches (in the process of separating from Northern Disciples) was significantly shaped by the "Cult of True Womanhood" or "Cult of Domesticity" that influenced large segments of the American population in the late 19th century. It became the dominant view in Churches of Christ, having first been baptized in the selected proof texts from Scripture.

Here is John's blog site. An here are the links to the five segments of his article: Part 1; Part 2; Part3; Part 4; Part 5. This is an excellent article and a vivid reminder of how culture can shape our understanding of scripture.

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