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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Women , according to Stowe and many of her contemporaries , exerted this
extraordinary religious influence because they were dominated by the heart , not
the head . Because women were more loving than men , they were better able to
Housewives like Rachel Halliday , Stowe wrote , are “ God ' s real priests , whose
ordination and anointing are from the Holy Spirit . ” Stowe criticized theology as
dry intellectualizing that could not bring souls to God . Stowe ' s popular novel ...
See Nuns Rosary , 79 Uncle Tom ' s Cabin ( Stowe ) , 59 – 64 Underground
Railroad , 61 United Church of Christ , 120 United Society of Believers in Christ '
s Second Appearing ( Shakers ) , 30 – 31 , 32 , 33 Ursulines , 85 , 87 Salvation by
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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