Chasing Sophia: Reclaiming the Lost Wisdom of Jesus

Chasing Sophia: Reclaiming the Lost Wisdom of Jesus

by Lilian Calles Barger
     
 

Praise for Chasing Sophia

"By affirming women's ways of knowing and describing the places where women can locate wisdom (and thus connect with Jesus), Barger simultaneously explores an ancient Christian wisdom tradition and argues that Christianity can speak to women today."
Publishers Weekly

"Women and men, open-minded

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Praise for Chasing Sophia

"By affirming women's ways of knowing and describing the places where women can locate wisdom (and thus connect with Jesus), Barger simultaneously explores an ancient Christian wisdom tradition and argues that Christianity can speak to women today."
Publishers Weekly

"Women and men, open-minded evangelicals, mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians, participants in emerging churches and people who have left the church because of its patriarchy and chauvinism—all will find Chasing Sophia to be a truly helpful and very worthwhile read. It's a balanced, warm, human, insightful, intelligent, and deeply theological engagement with three important and interrelated subjects: Jesus, wisdom, and women. I enjoyed and benefited from this fine book by a wise and gifted author, Lilian Calles Barger."
—Brian McLaren, author/activist (brianmclaren.net)

"I know many women who have left the church for Goddess worship and Wicca, or who have abandoned the Bible for the Gospel According to Mary. I will be giving every one of them a copy of this book, which provocatively suggests that the Christian story can address women's longings for a spirituality that is at once feminine and Christian."
—Lauren F. Winner, author, Real Sex and Girl Meets God

"Lilian Calles Barger offers a poignant and highly readable account of her Christian feminist spirituality. With depth of insight she integrates reflections on her personal life experiences with her account of authentic Christianity in contemporary times."
—Dr. Claire L. Sahlin, director, Women's Studies, Texas Woman's University

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Publishers Weekly
Barger, founder of the Damaris Project and author of the highly regarded Eve's Revenge, tackles the tricky subject of feminine Christian spirituality. In order to make room for femininity in a seemingly patriarchal religion, she reclaims the early church's understanding of "Jesus as the Sophia of God." By affirming women's ways of knowing and describing the places where women can locate wisdom (and thus connect with Jesus), Barger simultaneously explores an ancient Christian wisdom tradition and argues that Christianity can speak to women today. Throughout, she renders complex claims about epistemology in felicitous prose, claiming that authentic Christianity encourages people to listen to their bodies and to honor the Earth as something that "displays God's wisdom." Barger also affirms Scripture as a storehouse of wisdom. She asks readers to consider biblical stories from women's points of view, but suggests that doing so doesn't reveal a radically different story: from any perspective, the Bible's "essence... remains God's redemption of humanity." Sometimes, Barger becomes a little predictable what's new about pointing to Dorothy Day and Mary Magdalene as great Christian models of strong women? But other observations e.g., to take Sue Monk Kidd's questions seriously, but answer them in terms that will resonate with traditional Christian readers are novel indeed. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

The founder of the Damaris Project offers post-feminist spirituality aimed at satisfying both tradition and contemporary concerns.


—Graham Christian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787983802
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/06/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.71(d)

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"We may silently wonder: what choices yield the richest life? Isthere Wisdom that is true and faithful even in our complexity andloneliness? Lilian Calles Barger reveals the deepest Wisdom who istimeless, hopeful, and life-giving. Wisdom, as a Person, Wisdomwith a face . . . the face we’ve been searching for all ourlives."
—Kelly Monroe Kullberg, author Finding God BeyondHarvard; editor, Finding God at Harvard

"Chasing Sophia is comforting and challenging, disturbingand hopeful. Its wisdom lies in bravely telling the story of wherewomen are spiritually and how they got there—all for thepurpose of forging a more satisfying a more satisfying pathforward."
—Diane Connolly, editor, ReligionLink.org

"Lilian Barger doesn’t play games. She is honest about howher own Christian tradition has failed women, but warns that if weturn our backs on Jesus, we’ve thrown out the baby with thebathwater. Chasing Sophia will challenge women of allpersuasions in their quest for true wisdom."
—Carolyn Custis James, author, Lost Women of the Bibleand The Gospel of Ruth

"Lilian Calles Barger brings a great deal of her own wisdom tothis book, challenging women to draw on the varied paths toself-understanding: nature, our bodies, sacred text and thecommunity of faith. Above all, the book is a call for women toembark upon an inward journey that will lead to an experientialinsight of themselves and of the world in which God has placedthem."
—Catherine Kroeger, adjunct professor, Gordon ConwellTheological Seminary; and coeditor, the IVP Women’s BibleCommentary

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