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Christianity, Family, and the Rise of the West
     

Christianity, Family, and the Rise of the West

by Rosemary Radford Ruether
 
In a time when 'family values' occupies the minds of politicians and the public, Christianity, Family, and the Rise of the West sheds new light on two of our oldest institutions, and offers a way of rethinking our relationships to ourselves and Christian faith.

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In a time when 'family values' occupies the minds of politicians and the public, Christianity, Family, and the Rise of the West sheds new light on two of our oldest institutions, and offers a way of rethinking our relationships to ourselves and Christian faith.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This book is Ruether s (theology, Garrett-Evangelical Seminary) self-professed critique of the failure of the Christian Right s family values campaign to embody an ethic of justice and reconciliation. Highlighting historical Christianity s paradoxical stances on marriage, celibacy, and women, Ruether argues strongly that the concept of the family has undergone many manifestations over time and that, when espousing a return to family values, the church stands more on cultural standards than theological truths. Ruether s strength lies in presenting a comprehensive sociopolitical history of women and the family rather than in delineating corresponding Christian/clerical responses to changing social norms. She neither pits church doctrines against social claims nor explains how the church historically altered its vision with respect to the family. While it might sacrifice depth for breadth, this is still a highly readable and important political stab at timely theological and cultural questions for women s studies and religion collections. Sandra Collins, Duquesne Univ. Lib., PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Traces the conjunctions between Christian theologies of family and political and economic change from the New Testament through Western Christian history and into American social constructions of work, family, and gender to identify the basis for the current ideology of "family values." Ruether, a feminist theologian at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, contends that the anti-family traditions of the gospels and early Christianity can be understood as a critique of oppressive forms of family, and she advocates that Christianity today accept a postmodern or pluralist understanding of family forms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Marilyn Gardner
In her provocative book Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family, Ruether challenges the biblical origins of thea ptriarchal family. There has never, she says, "been only one form of family."...Most writers and historians trace the evolution of the family primarily in secular terms, concentrating on the political, economic, and social trends that have shped it. By considering the religious beliefs that have influenced the family as well, Ruether offers an original and valuable perspective.
Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807054048
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
07/30/2000
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Radford Ruether, one of the world's leading feminist theologians, is the Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology at the Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. She is author of over thirty books, including Sexism and God-Talk (Beacon / 1205-X / $17.00 pb) and Womanguides (Beacon / 1235-1 / $15.00 pb), and lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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