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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Their marriage would last only as long as they lived , but the relationship of their
souls to God would endure for eternity . ... The Puritans placed so much faith in
the family as an agent of godly living that they required all members of their ...
She called on those who would live a godly life to abandon their former ways and
join Shaker communities , where members held property in common , worked for
the common good , and lived under the spiritual guidance of Shaker elders and ...
Now , as he ate Rachel Halliday ' s perfect pancakes , “ atheistic doubts , and
fierce despair melted away before the light of a living Gospel , breathed in living
faces , preached by a thousand unconscious acts of love and good - will .
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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