Mary Hunt, of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, has remarked of Daly’s legacy, “Even those who disagreed with her are in her debt for the challenges she offered.”
This fact might be nowhere more evident than in an assessment of Daly’s importance to contemporary Christianity, from a most unlikely source. Writing in his Crosswalk.com blog, Albert Mohler, president of the conservative Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, observed of Daly: “She must be given credit for her honesty in accusing theological liberals of lacking the courage of their convictions. … She saw the entire structure as hopelessly patriarchal and called for a complete break with Christianity and theism. … Many of today’s liberal denominations and seminaries have absorbed and accepted her basic critique of Christianity, but lack her boldness and intellectual honesty.”
All too true, alas. But thanks to Daly’s life and work, there is no turning back from the realization that the connection between the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man has never been good for us, and has always worked against the interests of women. We will never talk about God in quite the same old ways, because of the Spark (another of her favorite words, and always capital S) she brought both to American Christian theology and to the women’s movement. That is her prophetic legacy.