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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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 ...
BESOEK At the center of every sťance was a medium , who was believed to be
specially suited to serve as a conduit between the living and the dead . In an
ironic twist , feminine stereotypes of the day suggested that women would be
A product of the culture they lived in , many mediums believed it was
inappropriate for women to speak in public . But the spirits often empowered
women to do things they themselves believed they could not do . Spiritualists
accepted women ...
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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