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Feminist Theology: Voices from the Past

By: Ann Loades


Description

Some feminist women search for the roots of feminism in the recent past; others write the past off. Too many assume that religious traditions have nothing to offer feminism, so even when religious belief has been central to the inspiration of some of the most powerful campaigners for the value and worth of women, the significance of that belief has been ignored.


Mary Wollstonecraft argued for the 'rights' of women'; Josephine Butler fought against the devaluation of women expressed in the Contagious Diseases Acts; Dorothy L. Sayers had a powerful sense of the way women and men grace one another's lives in their work. They all drew on the Christian tradition of their own times, but this has rarely been given weight. These women have not been considered together, nor as theologians, as here in Ann Loades's new book. In their life time, each of them opened up some painful issues: abortion and its significance in our shared social lives, forms of coercion, especially the sexual abuse of children, and the importance of women's work. Their courage and generosity offer salutary challenges to our own times.


Feminist Theology will be of interest to all those concerned with contemporary theological questions as well as to students of feminism and the analysis of gender, in sociology, politics and the humanities.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745608686
ISBN10
074560868X
Publication Dates ROW:
Apr 2001
Publication Dates US:
Jun 2001
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Apr 2001


Format
237 x 163 mm
9.30 x 6.40 in
Pages
240 pages
Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745608693
ISBN10
0745608698
Publication Dates ROW:
Apr 2001
Publication Dates US:
Jun 2001
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Apr 2001



Format
230 x 153 mm
9.05 x 6.00 in
Pages
240 pages

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Reviews

‘Setting three distinguished women carefully in their historical contexts, Ann Loades treats them as fellow human beings who can increase our moral understanding. Her approach is humane, serious, judicious, realistic and, above all, fair-minded, with a congenial emphasis on "full human flourishing". She is warmly but not fiercely on the side of women, and refreshingly able to appreciate the contribution of men. "Self-governance" is a keyword and demands not only listening to women, but honouring their responsible concern.’ – Helen Oppenheimer, author of The Hope of Happiness

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

Part I Women and Self-Governance.

1 Mary Wollstonecraft.

2 Abortion.

Part II Abusing Women and Abusing Children.

3 Josephine Butler.

4 The Sexual Abuse of Children.

Part III A Sacramentalist's Agenda.

5 Dorothy Sayers.

Conclusion.

References and Further Reading.

Index.

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Author Information

Ann Loades is Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham

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