in her own words:
“Women of the world unite!
Stand up and fight!
Say our own names!
Go up in flames!”
Feminists ought to remember that last sentence. That, sadly, is her end. I say sadly, because I don’t wish that fate on anyone. The very YHWH–the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob–the very God that Daly dismissed for His patriarchy, has some very hard promises aimed at those who reject Him. She rejected Jesus on account of her rejection of patriarchy. Ergo, she short-shrifted the only One who could offer deliverance to her, among a humanity scarred with the sin that manifested itself in many abuses she decried.
Al Mohler of Southern Seminary, commenting on her work, offers this:
In the end, Mary Daly will be remembered for the radical lesbian feminist that she was. She must be given credit for her honesty in accusing theological liberals of lacking the courage of their convictions. As she saw it, they were clinging to the furniture of Christianity long after rejecting its central beliefs. She saw the entire structure as hopelessly patriarchal and called for a complete break with Christianity and theism.
In the largest sense, she was undoubtedly right in arguing that the logic of radical feminism is diametrically opposed to the truth claims of Christianity. She was, as she claimed, taking ideological feminism to its logical conclusion.
While I would agree with Mohler’s assessment, I would also caution him of another phenomenon that exists among his ranks: that of the Christian, affirming intellectually the precepts of Scripture, embracing the mindset of the feminists. They are the ones who end up behind the pulpits, in the theology departments of otherwise conservative seminaries, in the editorial departments of the denominational publishing houses, and in other positions of denominational leadership.
Yes, Al, I’m talking about your beloved Southern Baptist Convention.