Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology

Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology

by Susan A. Ross
     
 
The sacraments are an important part of the Christian heritage. In her scholarly yet readable Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology, Susan A. Ross draws on interviews, on the mainstream of sacramental theology, and contemporary feminist theory, to ascertain what might be a feminist sacramental theology. She notes that although women are still

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The sacraments are an important part of the Christian heritage. In her scholarly yet readable Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology, Susan A. Ross draws on interviews, on the mainstream of sacramental theology, and contemporary feminist theory, to ascertain what might be a feminist sacramental theology. She notes that although women are still excluded from most official sacramental leadership, they are nevertheless deeply 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 in worship.

Women's "extravagant affections" for the ordinary and extraordinary in life, which include an openness to ambiguity, an honoring of the diversity of experience, and a concern for justice, provide a new and exciting way of understanding the sacraments. Richly textured and highly informative, Extravagant Affections abundantly satisfies a long-felt need in religious studies.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826410832
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

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