I have long had a very simple and basic concern with some feminist theology. It has haunted me since 1988 when I read Sally McFague's fascinating book Metaphorical Theology. In a nutshell, my worry is this:
Feminist theology has been at the forefront of a range of theological 'moves' that have very helpfully highlighted the fact that all theology has social implications. Theological ideas have legs and sometimes those legs have kicked the s**t out of people. Feminists and others have called attention to this and have rightly argued that a theology that leads to violence and abuse is a deeply problematic theology that needs questioning.
But what concerned me about McFague's book was that it seemed to me that she did her theology backwards. She decided what policial goals she wanted to achieve, worked out what kind of God would be needed to support that agenda, and then reverse-engeneered a doctrine of God that serves the pre-decided political agenda. It is the very self-conscious, and blatant crafting of a God to serve our political ends that is ... worrying.
I got no sense from her book that theology is a response to a divine self-revelation. It seemed to me that for McFague the 'truth' of the theology was determined by whether it supported the pre-decided agenda. It was not accountable to ... what God has revealed. Perhaps I am unfair - and I am open to correction here - but it seemed to me that the McFague model seemed to me to be in danger of using God as a means to our ends. I cannot but feel that 'here be monsters'.