Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology

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In Extravagant Affections, Susan A. Ross draws on interviews, on the mainstream of sacramental theology, and on contemporary feminist theory to ascertain what she calls a feminist sacramental theology. Ross maintains that although women are still excluded from most official sacramental leadership, they are nevertheless engaged in sacramental ministry at many levels. Using feminist theories of the family, literary-psychoanalytic theory and feminist ethics, Ross explores the role of embodiment, the use of spousal ...
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In Extravagant Affections, Susan A. Ross draws on interviews, on the mainstream of sacramental theology, and on contemporary feminist theory to ascertain what she calls a feminist sacramental theology. Ross maintains that although women are still excluded from most official sacramental leadership, they are nevertheless engaged in sacramental ministry at many levels. Using feminist theories of the family, literary-psychoanalytic theory and feminist ethics, Ross explores the role of embodiment, the use of spousal imagery, the nature of the symbol, the relation of sacraments and ethics, and the significance of the sacraments of worship.
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Discusses the complicated relationship of contemporary feminist women to the Catholic church, particularly those women for whom the sacramental tradition is a desired spiritual practice. Ross (theology, Loyola U.) investigates sacramental theology and its relationship to the body, its symbols, and its ethics, as these relate to a feminist understanding, and possible adaptation, of the tradition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780826410832
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Pt. 1 Women and the Sacraments: Method and Criteria
1 Sacraments and the Need for a Feminist Perspective 19
2 Feminist Theology and Sacramental Theology 43
3 Women, the Sacraments, and Ambiguity 64
Pt. 2 Family as Embodied Context for Sacramentality
4 Body and Gender in Sacramental Theology 97
5 Women, Sacraments, and the Symbolic 137
6 Women, Sacraments, and Ethics 171
7 Women, Worship, and the Sacraments: Toward a Feminist Theology of Worship 203
Index 233
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