This title was first published in 2002. This book presents a timely study of a neglected British Christian women's movement. Jenny Daggers charts the inception of the movement in the exciting times of the post-sixties decades, amid new currents generated in the British denominational churches, and the wider current of Women's Liberation. Focusing on Christian women's concern with the position of women in the church, this book identifies a core Christian women's theology which affirms a (rehabilitated) 'new Eve in Christ', and so contrasts with a concurrent paradigm shift taking shape in North American feminist theology. Daggers argues that this divergence is primarily due to the effect of the prolonged Church of England women's ordination debate upon the ethos of the British Christian women's movement.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Eve and spiritual womanhood, 1800-1960; An overview of the Christian Women's Movement; Eve and Christian women's consciousness; Eve and Christian women's activity; Eve and Christian women's theology; The rehabilitation of Eve on a wider stage: Eve and feminist theology; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Bibliography (CWIRES); Index.
'... a vitally important piece of British Church history, which has a living relationship to the questions facing the churches today. Daggers has done us a great service in publishing the results of her research... We are offered here a wealth of detailed information... Daggers's work offers an immensely valuable resource both in its own historical analysis and in the richness of its bibliographical sources, which are clearly set out. For those who care about the life of the British Churches, and in particular the lives of women active within them., the book enables an understanding of how we got to where we are, and also gives a perspective on where we might be going.' Church Times 'This is a first and important in-depth examination of a dedicated movement, 'women spirit rising', that helped to bring about a fundamental change in the life of the churches...' Theology 'This will be a useful tool for future feminist theologians and Christian academics. The book is timely, because it sets in historical order the emergent discourse of twentieth-century Christian feminists... This is an important book for those women who have been involved in the long, and bitterly disillusioning project to find a foothold in the church. It demonstrates the intersection of culture and cant and the misogynistic interpretations that have preserved male headship in contradiction to the inclusive injunctions of the New Testament.' Australian Religious Studies Review