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 legal status . Indeed , Christian slaveholders eventually developed an ethic
that encouraged the religious instruction of slaves . If they could show that
Christianity and slavery could coexist , it would bolster the moral justification for
In doing so , they attacked the double standard that condemned the smallest fall
from sexual purity in women , but accepted that moral men might patronize
prostitutes . Although most Christians assumed that women tempted men to sin ...
As part of its Christian message , Uncle Tom ' s Cabin shows men and women
living in separate moral worlds . In the public sphere of politics and economics ,
men make decisions based on expediency and rationality . In the private sphere
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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