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 Mormons ' elevation of marriage to a divine law led to their most
controversial doctrine : polygamy , or plural marriage . In heaven , men who had
been sealed in celestial marriages on earth would be great patriarchs
surrounded by their ...
The role of wife , however , had divine sanction , with God ' s wife serving as an
attainable religious ideal to which all women could aspire . The necessity of
marriage for salvation mirrored the economic importance of marriage when
The goal of women ' s spirituality is to recover a connection among women ,
nature , and divine power believed to have been repressed during centuries of
male - dominated religion . Participants reject the biblical creation story , in which
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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