Women and American Religion
An old African-American churchgoers' saying rings true for most religious denominations in the United States: Women are the backbone of the church. For centuries, women have been the majority of members in almost all religious groups. They provide essential financial and social support and work tirelessly in the background of all church-based activities. Yet it is largely men who occupy the high rungs of church hierarchy, and they are the ones who get most of the credit. Ann Braude examines the important role of women in American religious history, focusing on their recent admission to public religious leadership and their fight for equal rights and recognition through the centuries. Both noted and little known women--such as Margaret Winthrop, Jarena Lee, Mary Baker Eddy, Henrietta Szold, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Mary Daly--spring to life in the pages of this thorough, passionate book.
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The separation of families prevented the transmission of African religious
systems and conflicted with Christian teachings . and religious beliefs had a
major influence on southern Christianity , the religions from which they derived
did not ...
According to her own account , Eddy discovered the principles of Christian
Science following a severe fall on the ice in 1866 . She found that she could heal
herself through the application of mental principles based on stories of healing in
The statement reiterates the Baptist principle of the final authority of Scripture in
matters of Christian faith and cautions against the influence of modern social
practices on Christian doctrine . By using the idea of “ male headship , ” it also ...
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A brisk, informative history of the myriad roles women have played in America's religious history. Braude (Harvard Divinity School) has difficult tasks in this slim, generously illustrated volume: to ... Read full review