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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From the earliest days of American Protestantism , there are examples of women
breaking the rules society set for them because , like Jarena Lee , they believed
God required them to do so . Anne Hutchinson , the bestknown example , was ...
Stage , musimen , for example , might be forced to sell their slaves out of financial
cal , and minstrel versions of Harriet Beecher Stowe ' s necessity . Thus the
suffering of survivors became a way to experience novel were popular in the God
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This includes most liberal Protestant denominations : Methodists , Presbyterians ,
American ( northern ) Baptists , Disciples of Christ , Unitarians / Universalists ,
and Congregationalists , for example . Lutherans voted to ordain women in 1970
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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