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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... believed that women were made ultimately for God but immediately for men . “
He for God only , she for God in him , " wrote the Puritan poet John Milton . The
Christian tradition in their view affirmed the subordination of wives to husbands .
In heaven , men who had been sealed in celestial marriages on earth would be
great patriarchs surrounded by their wives and children , served by those who
had lacked wives and children on earth . Through the natural increase of the ...
on their status as wives . The role of wife , however , had divine sanction , with
God ' s wife serving as an attainable religious ideal to which all women could
aspire . The necessity of marriage for salvation mirrored the economic
importance of ...
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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