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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In the Roman Catholic , Episcopal , and Orthodox churches priests are
understood to be Christ ' s direct representatives on earth . The sacrament of
ordination connects them through an unbroken line of succession back to Jesus
through his ...
enla V will vote to do so , suggesting that women priests have gained broad
acceptance during the last two decades . About half of all American religious
groups currently ordain women . This includes most liberal Protestant
The final phrase suggests that the letter was intended to close the 30 - year
debate on this subject , but it stops just short of declaring the rejection of women
as priests to be an infallible teaching . The majority of American Catholics ,
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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