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Gender, Theology and Spirituality


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The series explores the gendered nature and practice of theology and spirituality and aims to extend the boundaries of theology through materialist and radical analysis.

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Elsie Chamberlain: The Independent Life of a Woman Minister

Elsie Chamberlain: The Independent Life of a Woman Minister

1st Edition

Alan Argent
June 16, 2017

Elsie Chamberlain was a leading figure in British broadcasting and religious life. She was a pioneer in many areas: the first woman chaplain to the armed forces; the first nonconformist minister to marry an Anglican clergyman; the first woman producer in the religious broadcasting dept of the BBC...

Shame, the Church and the Regulation of Female Sexuality

Shame, the Church and the Regulation of Female Sexuality

1st Edition

Miryam Clough
June 14, 2017

Shame strikes at the heart of human individuals rupturing relationships, extinguishing joy and, at times, provoking conflict and violence. This book explores the idea that shame has historically been, and continues to be, used by an oftentimes patriarchal Christian Church as a mechanism to control...

Christian Goddess Spirituality: Enchanting Christianity

Christian Goddess Spirituality: Enchanting Christianity

1st Edition

Mary Ann Beavis
November 02, 2015

This monograph focuses on "Christian Goddess Spirituality" (CGS), the phenomenon of (mostly) women who combine Christianity and Goddess Spirituality, including Wicca/Witchcraft. Mary Ann Beavis’s study provides ethnographic data and analysis on the lived religious experience of CGS practitioners,...

Radical Otherness: Sociological and Theological Approaches

Radical Otherness: Sociological and Theological Approaches

1st Edition

Lisa Isherwood, David Harris
November 30, 2013

The problem of otherness is central to debates in both the social sciences and theology. To define the other – by colour, gender, politics, nationality, or religion – is to define the self. Othering has been used through history as a justification for boundary-setting, for conflict and for...

Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ: Intersex Conditions and Christian Theology

Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ: Intersex Conditions and Christian Theology

1st Edition

Susannah Cornwall
November 30, 2010

Mainstream Christian theology has valued the integrity of the body and the goodness of God reflected in creation. However, it has also asserted the complementarity of "normal" male and female physiology. Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ offers the first systematic theology of the...

Ritual Making Women: Shaping Rites for Changing Lives

Ritual Making Women: Shaping Rites for Changing Lives

1st Edition

Jan Berry
October 01, 2009

Ritual Making Women looks at the way in which women's making of ritual has emerged from the rapidly developing field of women's spirituality and theology. The author uses ethnographic material to explore how the construction of ritual uses story-making and embodied action to empower women. Ritual,...

Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy

Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy

1st Edition

Joseph Gelfer
March 01, 2009

Since the early 1990s there have been various movements designed to encourage 'masculine spirituality'. All these movements share a concern that spirituality has become too feminine and that men's experiences of the spiritual are being marginalized. The task of masculine spirituality is to promote...

Unconventional Wisdom

Unconventional Wisdom

1st Edition

June Boyce-Tillman
February 07, 2008

Early Christianity saw women in positions of authority and a fluid theology that included feminine figures in the notion of the Divine. However, for centuries a male trinity has dominated theology with the characteristics of triumphalism, clarity, order, eternality and unity. Unconventional Wisdom...

Women and Reiki: Energetic/Holistic Healing in Practice

Women and Reiki: Energetic/Holistic Healing in Practice

1st Edition

Judith MacPherson
October 15, 2007

'Women and Reiki' is the first ethnographic study of Reiki and energetic healing in Britain. The book argues that if we are to build an accurate and comprehensive picture of healing we must examine the role of gender, representation and power. Although women healers predominate at the grass roots...

Patriarchs, Prophets and Other Villains

Patriarchs, Prophets and Other Villains

1st Edition

Lisa Isherwood
July 24, 2007

Patriarchs, Prophets and Other Villains takes as a starting point the hermeneutics of suspicion. The book illustrates the way in which texts and interpretations have been manipulated for the purpose of power and control. Through careful-counter readings it challenges the ways in which the female...

Sexual Hospitality in the Hebrew Bible: Patronymic, Metronymic, Legitimate and Illegitimate Relations

Sexual Hospitality in the Hebrew Bible: Patronymic, Metronymic, Legitimate and Illegitimate Relations

1st Edition

Thalia Gur-Klein
July 01, 2007

A woman's life in the ancient world was constrained by her social and economic status. As a daughter she was firmly under the aegis of her father and brothers, who would later allocate the woman to another man as his wife. The power of fathers and husbands extended to using their wives and...

Resurrecting Erotic Transgression: Subjecting Ambiguity in Theology

Resurrecting Erotic Transgression: Subjecting Ambiguity in Theology

1st Edition

Anita Monro
May 01, 2006

'Resurrecting Erotic Transgression' presents a feminist theological methodology based on the work of Julia Kristeva. This methodology provides the means for 'subjecting ambiguity', bringing to theology a recognition of the multiplicity of language and identity. A method of 'poetic reading' is...

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