Heart of Flesh: Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Apr 28, 1998 - Religion - 187 pages
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What does it mean to live out a feminist spirituality in a world that glamorizes violence and legitimizes domination?

Best-selling author Joan Chittister takes a very real look at what it means to have a feminist spirituality--a "heart of flesh"--in today's culture. She unmasks the effects of sexism on both men and women and describes a spirituality that makes healthier, happier human beings of us all.

According to Chittister, the patriarchal culture that has shaped our world has also brought us to the edge of destruction with its dualisms, hierarchies, and inequality. She outlines the historical realities that produced this situation and describes how patriarchal culture and spirituality maintain their hold on us. She then argues that there is another way which is better and introduces us to a feminist worldview that, in recognizing the full humanity of women, leads all of us to new, better ways of being and relating.

Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men offers a dynamic vision of spirituality from one of our finest writers of spiritual literature.
 

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A noted author, lecturer, and Benedictine nun, Chittister considers feminist spirituality to be the true essence and full potential of Christianity. Analyzing the history of patriarchal thinking, she ... Read full review

Contents

A CORNERSTONE OF SPIRITUALITY
1
THE FOUNDATION OF SPIRITUALITY
9
THE OLD WORLD VIEW
19
THE NEW WORLD VIEW
31
A MIRROR IMAGE
41
A NEW WAY OF THINKING
49
A NEW STRENGTH
59
A NEW ROAD TO PEACE
73
A NEW LEVEL OF CONSENSUS
121
A NEW GAME OF WINNER GIVES ALL
133
A NEW PARADOX
141
INTERNALIZED OPPRESSION
151
A CIRCLE NOT A PYRAMID
159
A REVOLUTION OF THE HEART
171
NOTES
177
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
179

A NEW SELFACCEPTANCE
89
A NEW FOCUS ON THE SUBJECT
109

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Page vi - I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
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