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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She and her followers made distinctions among the ministers of the
commonwealth , finding that some were truly saved while others relied on their
good deeds rather than divine grace and were therefore damned . Officials
worried that this ...
members of the Society of Friends did not require ordained ministers to be
singled out . But some Friends were recognized as lay ministers who might travel
to other meetings to share the Spirit ' s promptings . This group included women
Ministers argued that the moral influence of women , upon which the progress of
Christianity depended , would be ... In Woman Suffrage : The Reform against
Nature ( 1869 ) , the popular Congregationalist minister Horace Bushnell argued
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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