1st Edition

Women in Christianity in the Modern Age (1920-today)

Edited By Lisa Isherwood, Megan Clay Copyright 2022
    266 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Women in Christianity in the Modern Age examines the role of women in Christianity in the 20th and early 21st Centuries. This edited volume includes eight important contributions from academics in the field.

    The modern era has been an age of social and religious upheaval, and the ravages of global warfare and changes to women’s role in society have made the examination of the place of women in religion a key question in theology. From theological concerns - engagements with the biblical texts by feminist and anti-feminist theologians, the modern role of Mary and women saints – to political and social debates on women’s ministry and place in society, and cultural shifts as expressed through theologically inspired artwork by women, Women in Christianity in the Modern Age provides an overview and in-depth studies of a tumultuous and changing era.

    This insightful text will be of key interest to students and scholars in Religion and Cultural Studies.

    Introduction Lisa Isherwood & Megan Clay

    Chapter 1. One Woman, Two Churches; Theologies of Women 1920-1960.

    Kerrie Handasyde

    Chapter2. The Role of Mary in the 20th & 21st centuries.

    Sarah Boss

    Chapter 3. Female Saints - Women Saints Since 1920: A wider circle?

    Katharine Massam

    Chapter 4. Embodied Knowing, Science & Technology in the 20th & 21st Centuries.

    Anne Elvey & Kerrie Handasyde

    Chapter 5. Women’s Christian Ministry of Teaching, Preaching and Leadership in 20th & 21st Centuries.

    Alison Jasper

    Chapter 6. Women and Philosophy of Religion in the 20th and 21st Centuries

    Bev Clack

    Chapter 7. Sugar and Spice: Popular Beliefs About Women in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

    Lisa Isherwood

    Chapter 8. Women, Art Making and Feminist Theology in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

    Megan Clay


    Megan Clay is an Honorary Research Fellow at UWTSD Lampeter, Wales. She is an Artist and Feminist Liberation Theologian and she heads the Feminist Theology and Art Forum set up in 2014. The forum has held four successful exhibitions which she organised and curated at the University of Winchester the last of which in 2019, produced a book, Megan Clay, (ed.), Enfleshing the Unconscious: Feminist Imaginings. Her PhD thesis which was both painted and written ‘Dancing in the Cosmos: Looking Toward Liberating Theological models for Children’s Spirituality and Sexuality’. She has published articles in the Journal of Feminist Theology and has recently become an executive editor of the journal. She is the Chairperson for the European Society for Women in Theological Research, (ESWTR) UK and is on the organising team for Britain and Ireland Summer School (BISFT).

    Lisa Isherwood is Professor Emerita of Feminist Liberation Theologies at the University of Winchester and Postgraduate Research Supervisor at UWTSD, Wales. Her work explores the nature of incarnation within a contemporary context and includes such areas as the body, gender, sexuality and eco-theology. She is extensively published, has lectured across Europe, India, USA, Australia and Canada. In 2009 she was Vice President of the European Society of Women in Theological Research. In 1988 she was a co-founder of the Britain and Ireland School of Feminist Theology and a year later of the Journal of Feminist Theology of which she remains an executive editor.