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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Christian thought traced women ' s affinity for witchcraft back to the first human sin
: Eve ' s disobedience to God in the Garden of Eden . God created Eve as a
helpmate for Adam , and virtuous women like Margaret Winthrop followed this ...
Those who believe that she cannot argue that when God took human form in the
person of Jesus , maleness was essential to his role as savior to humanity .
Those who believe that she can view Jesus ' maleness as an incidental human ...
In many traditions women are discovering new ways to translate and interpret the
Bible , new words to refer to God , and even new conclusions about the nature of
God ' s relationship to human beings . These concerns have inspired a ...
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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