In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women's Religious Writing

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Rosemary Skinner Keller, Rosemary Radford Ruether
Westminster John Knox Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 542 pages
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Drawing from primary source documents such as diaries, letters, speeches, sermons, essays, and books from seventeenth-century colonial settlements in North America to today, this volume recovers the contributions of women to American religion. With its breadth and richness of sources it will be of interest and use to feminists, church historians, and students.

 

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Contents

Catholic Women Rosemary Radford Ruether M
8
Jewish Women Ann Braude
109
Black Women EmilieM Toumes
153
Evangelical Women Nancy A Hardesty
207
Protestant Women and Social Reform
247
Women and Ordination Barbara Brown Zikmund
291
Utopian and Communal Societies
341
American Indian Women Ines Maria Talamantez
383
Growing Pluralism New Dialogue
425
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About the author (1995)

Rosemary Skinner Keller was Professor Emerita of Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City until her death in 2008. She had also served as Academic Dean at Union.

American feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ruether graduated from Scripps College in 1958 and received her doctorate in classics and patristics from Claremont Graduate School in 1956. In 1976 she became Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a position she continues to hold. An activist in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s, Ruether turned her energies to the emerging women's movement. During the 1970s and successive decades, feminist concerns impelled her to rethink historical theology, analyzing the patriarchal biases in both Christianity and Judaism that elevated male gender at the expense of women. Her rigorous scholarship has challenged many of the assumptions of traditionally male-dominated Christian theology. Recognized as one of the most prolific and readable Catholic writers, Ruether's work represents a significant contribution to contemporary theology, and her views have influenced a generation of scholars and theologians. Her imprint on feminist theology has been reinforced by her lectureships at a number of universities in the United States and abroad.

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