The Cross and Gendercide
A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls
by Elizabeth Gerhardt
"Read this book and then join the resistance of the greatest injustice of our century: the wholesale abuse and exploitation of women and girls."
—Michele M. Rickett, president and founder of She Is Safe and coauthor of Forgotten Girls
LIVE CHAT: Join author Elizabeth Gerhardt and guests Shayne Moore and Kyle Roberts for a discussion of "The Cross and Gendercide" Thursday, June 5, at NOON Eastern.
Elizabeth Gerhardt draws on Luther's "theology of the cross" to provide a theological basis for naming and responding to the grave sin of global gendercide.
"A theology of the cross provides the foundation for the church to be a prophetic voice that counters violence."
"Every pastor and every seminary student should have this book on their reading list." Read whatNancy Nason-Clark and other scholars are saying about the new book.
"The stubborn pervasiveness of this violence and its deep rootedness in misogyny is best defined as a theological issue, rather than merely an ethical or moral issue."
Amber M. Stamper
The Cross and Gendercide is without hesitation among (if not the) most convicting, thought-provoking, well-researched, biblically-grounded, and empowering text on the church’s responsibilities toward women that I have read.
Gerhardt's careful and detailed scholarly work demands attention from the proud, haughty, and triumphant gospel-preaching Christian churches who have not yet come to terms both with their real, interpersonal, and political collusion in gendercide.
Given the global nature of violence against women, the reality of the fractured state of Christendom and the implicit misogyny of complementarian Christianity, Gerhardt’s theological response to gendercide seems naively hopeful.
Theology can be either a means of oppression and injustice or a critique of injustice in the service of liberation and in proclamation of the gospel of Jesus. Reflecting on Gerhadt's book, it’s easy to see the better choice.
Paul Louis Metzger
It follows from God’s glorious revelation hidden in Christ’s humble and marginalized human state that we will find God revealed especially in the margins among the oppressed.
Our God is Jesus Christ, Who was born of a woman. Violence against women is a direct sin against Our Lady.