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Contemporary Feminist Theologies
Power, Authority, Love

ISBN 9780367490805
Published March 12, 2021 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the issues of power, authority and love with current concerns in the Christian theological exploration of feminism and feminist theology.

It addresses its key themes in three parts: (1) power deals with feminist critiques, (2) authority unpacks feminist methodologies, and (3) love explores feminist ethics. Covering issues such as embodiment, intersectionality, liberation theologies, historiography, queer approaches to hermeneutics, philosophy and more, it provides a multi-layered and nuanced appreciation of this important area of theological thought and practice.

This volume will be vital reading for scholars of feminist theology, queer theology, process theology, practical theology, religion and gender.

Table of Contents

Introduction: To Speak, To Say Anything At All

Rebekah Pryor, Cathryn McKinney and Kerrie Handasyde

Part I Power: Dis/locations and Reclamations

1 Speaking Up! Speaking Out! Naming the Silences: Women, Power, Authority and Love in the Pacific

Seforosa Carroll

2 Witnessing to What Remains, or The Power of Persisting: Power, Authority, and Love in the Interim Spaces

Nicola Slee

3 From Footballs to Matildas? Gender Diverse People and Theological Game Change

Josephine Inkpin

4 Reading and Process: Rethinking Power

Brian Macallan

5 The Problem with Powerlessness: Attending to Power and Authority in Matthew’s Wisdom Christology

Sally Douglas


Part II Authority: Subversions and Contestations

6 "How could it be otherwise?" Sacramental Imagination and Political Rites

Katharine Massam

7 Mother, Preacher, Press: Women Ministers and the Negotiation of Authority, 1910–1933

Kerrie Handasyde

8 Reforming Women in England and Scotland: Claiming Authority to Speak of God

Ann Loades

9 Against and Without Authority: Writing Feminist Theology After the End of History

Janice McRandal


Part III Love: Embodiment and Practice

10 Roadsides: Toward an Ecological Feminist Theology of Cross-Species Compassion

Anne Elvey

11 Covenantal Relationships and Queer Bodies

Anika Jensen and Katecia Taylor with Stephen Burns

12 Re-visioning (the) Love/Command: Law, Authority, and the Logic of Love in the Philosophy of Pamela Sue Anderson and Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

Sean Winter

13 Writing the Image to Forgiveness and Love

Helena Kadmos

14 Thinking, Dancing: Exploring the Gaps Between Ecstasy and Distress

Rebekah Pryor

15 Speaking of Being Heard: Voice and Purpose in Prison

Cathryn McKinney

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Kerrie Handasyde is Senior Lecturer in Church History at Pilgrim Theological College and Adjunct Lecturer at Stirling Theological College, University of Divinity.

Cathryn McKinney is Professional Supervision Program Coordinator at the University of Divinity, and an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate and Associate Lecturer at Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity, and chaplain at a women’s prison.

Rebekah Pryor is an artist, curator and early career researcher at the University of Melbourne.


This deeply interconnected, collection of essays offers fresh perspectives on the challenges of comprehending the relations between power and agency, authority and love.  Feminist theology has always rejected binary separations between these spheres and stresses the painful but necessary task of accommodating their entanglement in human and divine relations. What the authors in this work achieve are vivid, culturally located and accountable representations of loving as ‘power transformed’ and ‘transforming power’.

Heather Walton, Professor of Theology and Creative Practice, University of Glasgow