In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women's Religious Writing

In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women's Religious Writing

by Rosemary Radford Ruether
     
 

Documenting the wide-ranging influence of women on religious teaching and tradition, this popular history presents the multicultural, multi-faith spirituality of women in their own words.  See more details below

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Documenting the wide-ranging influence of women on religious teaching and tradition, this popular history presents the multicultural, multi-faith spirituality of women in their own words.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
American religious history here comes alive as we listen to women's voices drawn from basically diverse cultures-those from early colonial to late-20th century America. We call this kind of history ``documentary'' because it is assembled through primary source documents (diaries, letters, speeches, sermons, essays and books), but that dry label fails to convey the vitality of this collection and of these women who, speaking and writing from a variety of perspectives (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, African American, evangelical, social reform, utopian, communitarian, Native American, Islamic, Buddhist), share their extraordinary faith and its informing contribution to American religious history. This volume both condenses (including some of the same material) and extends (from 1960 to the mid-1990s) the three-volume documentary history, Women and Religion in America (Harper & Row 1981, 1983 and 1986) also edited by Reuther and Keller. Like the earlier work, this one is definitive in a scholarly sense; yet far beyond that, it is affirming. Demonstrating as it does the rich traditions of American women's spirituality, In Our Own Voices should be required reading. (Mar.)
Library Journal
The conglomeration of faiths and practices that are the American religious experience have traditionally given female perspectives short shrift. Says contributor Judith Plaskow, "Women have a long history of reading ourselves into silence. From childhood bedtime stories to the Biblical narratives...women learn to people silences with our own shadowy forms." Editors Ruether and Keller (faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) have collected here primary documents that allow women a voice on the content of their American religious experiences. The breadth of material presented is most gratifying: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, African American, and evangelical texts as well as issues-oriented topics such as ordination, pluralism, and gender. However, the depth of material may not satisfy: on many levels, readers will wish for more, longing to join this company of American believers, to challenge notions like Anzia Yezierska's character, who laments, "The prayers of ...daughters didn't count because God didn't listen to women." Highly recommended for all collections.-Sandra Collins, SLIS, Univ. of Pittsburgh
Steve Schroeder
Insightful historical commentary supplements four centuries of American women's religious writing in this accessible documentary history. In some ways, it is a continuation of the editors' earlier work, the three-volume "Women and Religion", published in the 1980s. It incorporates material from that collection with newly gathered material to bring the history into the mid-1990s. The interfaith dimension of the work is invaluable, serving as a reminder of the diversity of religious tradition in the U.S., especially as it relates to women's religious experience. Each of the book's 10 chapters is introduced by a prominent scholar who sets the material in context. There are particularly important introductions to Buddhist, Islamic, and Jewish traditions in the U.S. and to women's experience in evangelical and Pentecostal Christian traditions. This book will prove invaluable for both scholars and laypersons listening for the diversity of voices in American religious experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060668433
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
542
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.72(d)

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