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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' s OMEN , during the time of lya appreciation of the comforts offered by faith in
ing in , are subject to this fever , Christ , who promised everlasting life . which has
Care for corn , beans , and squash is a woman ' s responsibility — both to her
family and to her faith . The male characters in the origin story create the animals
that men hunt for and that figure in their ceremonial activities . The story presents
In a novel she could depict the core values of her faith more effectively than
through any theological discourse . Uncle Tom ' s Cabin tells the story of Eliza , a
slave mother who flees with her little boy rather than see him sold to satisfy her ...
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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