Book Review

The Persistence of Mummery

Without Precedent: Scripture, Tradition, and the Ordination of Women
by Geoffrey Kirk

Wipf & Stock, 2016
(176 pages, $21.00, paperback)

reviewed by S. M. Hutchens

The author, a Catholic convert from the Anglican priesthood and former Secretary of Forward in Faith, founded to resist the ordination of women in the Church of England, writes here less about ordination itself than about the frustrated desire of church feminists to find and cultivate a supporting egalitarian root in the Christian faith—a frantic grasping at slippery handholds that keep giving way in the face of Christianity as a historical religion.

Prominent in Kirk's analysis is M. Daphne Hampson, a feminist theologian who understands this irreformability, agrees with orthodox Christians . . .

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