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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They claimed the raps came from the spirit of a dead peddler who had been
buried in the basement . Neighbors soon filled the house asking questions that
the spirit seemed to be able to answer . Whatever the source of those first raps ,
Women were considered to be naturally passive and prone to suggestion ,
presenting few obstacles for the spirits who ... Men , in contrast , were thought to
be more rational and more organized , qualities that might get in the way of a
spirit who ...
But the spirits often empowered women to do things they themselves believed
they could not do . Spiritualists ... They needed spirit help to mount the public
platform , but once there , they found they could continue unassisted . In fact ,
they had ...
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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