Let me explain why I believe that this book deserves 5 stars. I have not read every word of this book. I have read some of the articles, and I keep ithe book as a reference work. It is scholarly. It is well-documented. These are serious scholars. The articles are well-written and almost entertaining to read. They are not trying to hide anything. Everything is out in the open for all to see. They see nothing wrong with Gnosticism or any other heresy, actually. This book is a series of scholarly papers written by prominent feminist theologians from several different Christian religious backgrounds, including Roman Catholic.
I am not a feminist. In fact, I am against feminism in most of its forms. I am especially against liberation theology, which is what feminist theology is part of.
However, this is a great reference work for those who are interested in the topic of Gnostic influences in Christianity and the rise of neo-Gnosticism.
A warning, though, for those who are orthodox in their faith. You will see pretty much every heretical doctrine about the person of Christ, the Trinity, Christology, and more explained and defended by the authors of these articles.
Even so, for the Evangelical it should show you where some of the doctrines are coming from that are being promoted openly even in Evangelical feminism. It is a dangerous, toxic book for those who accept its tenents.
It may be eye-opening for some, as it has been for me. It confirmed for me the real origins of some of the things that I was seeing defended even by Christian feminists and their unwitting sympathizers.
No, not all egalitarians are guilty of this, so I don't want to paint with too broad a brush. Dorothy L. Sayers was one who in her time staunchly defended orthodoxy, for example. There are others.
So, I give 5 stars for the quality of scholarship and writing. I give strong cautions because of the toxic nature of what the authors are defending.