This book addresses one of the most important social issues of our time– and one the Church has too long been silent concerning. I very much appreciate IVP Academic sending along a copy to review.
Violence against women and girls is a human rights epidemic that affects millions of lives around the world. While many Christians are addressing this crisis through education, advocacy and philanthropic support, there has been a reluctance to name gendercide as a theological and confessional issue, a matter that strikes at the very essence of the Christian faith.
In The Cross and Gendercide, 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. She lifts up the work and witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer as an especially powerful resource for mobilizing the church today toward political action and social engagement. From the perspective of Christ’s cross, the church must raise a prophetic voice against systemic violence and speak up for the myriad women and girls who are invisible and voiceless in the world today.
My review, which is the shortest that I have ever written (because what I have to say can be said briefly), follows:
Everyone in this Country needs to read this book. Everyone. Everyone, without exception. It is that important a subject, that well handled and communicated, and that astonishing.
Go now, get a copy. Read it. You must. You’ll thank me later. And you’ll think Gerhardt and IVP even more.