A Word of Thanks  in  The Pleasures of Her Text

Book Chapter by Alice Bach

The contributions in this volume originally appeared in Union Seminary Quarterly Review (USQR). This publication is among a handful of scholarly journals edited entirely by doctoral students. Although USQR has a Faculty Advisory Board of distinguished scholars representing many aspects of biblical and theological endeavor, the editorial policies, subject matter of each issue, and editing …

An Argument for Christian Ecofeminism

Article by Cristina Traina

BOOK REVIEW: Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing.By Rosemary Radford Ruether, HarperCollins, 310 pp., $22.00 The field of ecological ethics is fast becoming a morass of positions among which only specialists distinguish: creation spirituality, deep ecofeminism and the animal rights movement. Thus the title of Rosemary Radford Ruether’s latest volume is apt …

Authority or Idolatry? Feminine Theology and the Church

Article by Penelope Washbourn

Just as Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, first published in 1792, challenged the structures of 18th century society, so does contemporary feminist theology call into question the structures of traditional Christian thought and practice. Wollstonecraft’s conviction that the position of women in society should be improved led her finally to a …

Beyond the Feminist Critique: A Shaking of the Foundations

Article by Harold H. Oliver

Feminism may well be the most radical challenge ever to arise within the church. For while previous challenges pronounced judgment upon doctrines or practices by recourse to the original tradition, many feminists pronounce judgment upon the tradition itself. Many in the modern church find this radical posture institutionally and personally threatening. Psychological and sociological criteria …

Black Theology vs. Feminist Theology

Article by Rosemary Ruether

The two most important expressions of liberation theology to emerge from the American experience in the late 1960s are black theology and feminist theology. Unfortunately, an undeclared war is brewing between them. First white male-dominated seminaries across the country adjusted their self-absolutizing perspective slightly to find a few crumbs for black studies More recently they …

Changing the Paradigms

Article by Elisabeth S. Fiorenza

The invitation to write about “how my mind has changed” is at once challenging and troubling. It challenges one to construct a narrative that can capture change that has not only private but also public significance. Yet a woman writer lacks narrative models for recording the public significance of her thought and work. This lack …