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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God made the world to serve humankind , but he made humanity to serve him .
Family , church , and state , in that order , were the instruments he provided to
govern relations among human beings . These institutions served to educate
The closest women can come to divinity is to marry a man who will himself
ultimately become a god and to serve as his ... in celestial marriages on earth
would be great patriarchs surrounded by their wives and children , served by
those who ...
Latkes , the potato pancakes served on Hanukkah , were fried in oil because the
holiday celebrates a miracle in which enough oil for one day kept the light in the
ancient Jewish temple burning for eight days . Other foods , such as chicken ...
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WOMEN IN AMERICAN RELIGIONUser Review - Kirkus
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