"This book is a nuanced discussion of contemporary feminist thought in a variety of religious traditions. It draws from both academic and popular writings and offers a rich selection of books to pursue on one's own." —Re-Imagining
"This remarkable book examines American women's religious thought in many diverse faith traditions. . . . This is a cogent, provocative—even moving—analysis." —Publishers Weekly
This study of the fruits of many different women's religious thought offers insights into the ways women may be shaping American religious ideas and world views at the end of the twentieth century. At its broadest, this book presents a multi-voiced response to the question: "When women across many traditions are heard speaking theologically, publicly and self-consciously as women, what do they have to say?"
1. American Women as Religious Thinkers:Dissenting Participants
2. Ambivalence as a New Religious Virtue: The Creativity of Women's Contradictory Experiences of Their Traditions
3. The Immanence of the Sacred: Women's Religious Thought Comes Down to Earth
4. The Revelatory Power of the Ordinary and the Ordinariness of the Sacred
5. "Relationship" and its Complexities:Inhabiting the Cosmic Web
6. Healing and Women's Theological Creativity: Strategies of Hope
Epilogue: *Apres le deluge* What's Next?
Since there is not a long bibliography of works addressing the religious thought of women, Bednarowski (United Theol. Seminary of the Twin Cities) plows new ground. Although intimating that she speaks for all American women, Bednarowski primarily focuses on the thought of liberal Christian feminists writing in the last decade of the 20th century. In surveying a wide range of popular and scholarly publications, Bednarowski discerns five common themes or characteristics and devotes a chapter to each. According to Bednarowski, women's religious thought is (1) ambivalent, because it is produced by people who feel that they are both insiders and outsiders in their traditions, (2) characterized by an awareness of the immanence of the sacred, (3) down—to—earth and celebratory of the revelatory power of the ordinary, (4) characterized by themes of relationship and relatedness, and (5) pervaded by the idea of healing. Bednarowski argues that these themes constitute something of a worldview shared by women from a diverse range of communities, and her extensive examples seem to support this argument. Scholars will find that this exploration of women's public discourse about religious ideas helps to reveal the common threads that run through women's writing. Graduate students; faculty and researchers.~L. H. Hoyle, Choice
Scholars will find that this exploration of women's public discourse about religious ideas helps to reveal the common threads that run through women's writing.May 2000~Choice