Women's History of the Christian Church: Two Thousand Years of Female Leadership

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University of Toronto Press, Apr 14, 2019 - History - 464 pages

Tracing two thousand years of female leadership, influence, and participation, Elizabeth Gillan Muir examines the various positions women have filled in the church. From the earliest female apostle, and the little known stories of the two Marys - the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene - to the enlightened duties espoused by the nun, the abbess, and the anchorite, and the persecutions of female "witches," Muir uncovers the rich and often tumultuous relationship between women and Christianity.

Offering broad coverage of both the Catholic and Protestant traditions and extending geographically well beyond North America, A Women's History of the Christian Church presents a chronological account of how women developed new sects and new churches, such as the Quakers and Christian Science. The book includes a timeline of women in Christian history, over 25 black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, and a list of primary and secondary sources to complement the content in each chapter.

 

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Contents

Part I
1
Part II
29
Chapter 3 The Rise of the Virgin Mary and the Devolution of Mary Magdalene
57
Chapter 4 The Nun the Abbess and the Anchorite
77
Chapter 5 La Papesse and La Pucelle
107
Chapter 6 Woman as Witch
121
Chapter 7 The Mystics
133
Chapter 8 Women in Religious Communities before the Protestant Reformation
145
Chapter 12 Other Women Who Founded Churches Part I
255
Chapter 13 Other Women Who Founded Churches Part II
293
Chapter 14 The Missionary Impulse
329
Chapter 15 Women in the Church Today
345
Conclusion
363
Timeline
367
Glossary
377
Works Cited
383

Chapter 9 Women in Religious Communities in the Protestant Tradition
167
Chapter 10 Methodism
209
Chapter 11 Women Who Founded Churches under the Roman Catholic Church
235

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About the author (2019)

Elizabeth Gillan Muir taught Canadian Studies at the University of Waterloo and Religious Studies at Emmanuel College, the University of Toronto, and served on the national executive staff of the United Church of Canada.

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