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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Their marriage , they believed , was part of God ' s order among his creatures . As
Protestants , they rejected the Catholic Church ' s belief that celibacy is the
highest spiritual state . Instead , they saw marriage as the most godly state for
A 28 - year - old free black woman living in Philadelphia , she believed that God
could find more effective vehicles to spread his word . But when she prayed to
God to know whether the voice was his , she had a vision of a pulpit with a Bible ...
Wom Empowered by the certainty that God worked directly in her own soul ,
Jarena Lee accepted a view of herself and her potential that the world around her
contradicted . The culture of Evangelicalism , and the direct experience of God ' s
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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