Handelingen der Koninklijke Zuidnederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal- en Letterkunde en Ges vol:61 pages:293-309
Influenced by feminist theology, feminist christians in Flanders aimed at a feminisation of christian religion. Compared with the feminisation of religion in the nineteenth century, there are differences as well as similarities in content. Nevertheless, the context in which the gender construction of feminist christians is placed, has changed radically. In the nineteenth century, women were still associated with the private sphere, while in the 1960s and 1970s, the ‘second feminist wave’ refused the connection of male and public on the one hand, and women and private on the other hand. Consequently, the feminisation of christian religion of feminist christians was also applied to more ‘public’ aspects of christian faith, such as theology, church government and church history. It’s also remarkable that the way of believing of feminist christians was clearly influenced by the dechristianised society in which they lived. Consequently, the phenomenon of feminist christians doesn’t contradict Calum Browns thesis that women, rejecting christian discourse as a cornerstone of their identity, caused dechristianisation in the 1960s.