She Who Changes: Re-imagining the Divine in the World

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 18, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 277 pages
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Can we re-imagine divine power as deeply related to the changing world? Can we re-imagine the creation of the world as an ongoing process of co-creation in which every individual from particles of atoms to human beings plays a part? Can we re-imagine Goddess/God as the most relational of all relational beings? Can we re-imagine the world as the body of Goddess/God? If we can, then we can understand the deeper meaning of female images of divine power, including Goddess, God-She, Sophia, and Shekhina. Many traditional understandings of divine power begin with thinly disguised rejections of the female body and connection to the natural world. Women theologians from Jewish, Christian, Goddess, and other traditions are re-imagining divine and human power as embodied, embedded in a changing world, and deeply related to all beings in the web of life. Drawing on the work of process philosopher Charles Hartshorne - whose insights deserve a wider hearing - Carol P. Christ offers intellectual foundations for deeply held feelings about the meanings of female images of divine power. Her gift is the ability to make complex ideas seem simple and radically new ideas seem familiar. This book is addressed to everyone who has ever wondered about the implications of re-imagining God as female.
 

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Contents

Problems with God
25
Change Is
45
Touch Is
69
Reimagining Power
93
Life Is Meant to Be Enjoyed
115
Embodied Embedded Knowing
143
Reason for Hope
171
Restoring the Body and the World
197
Reimagining Symbols
227
Notes
245
Index
269
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Carol P. Christ is a pioneer in the study of women in religion and in the Goddess and women's spirituality movements. She directs the Ariadne Institute for the Study of Myth and Ritual, offering Goddess Pilgrimages to Crete and a Sacred Journey in Greece.