New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory

New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory

by Tina Beattie
     
 

It is hard to over-estimate the challenge that feminism poses to Roman Catholicism. Pope John Paul II's call for a 'new feminism' has led to the development of a Catholic theological response to the so-called 'old feminism'. The New Catholic Feminism sets up a dramatic encounter between the orthodox Catholic establishment and contemporary critical theory,

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It is hard to over-estimate the challenge that feminism poses to Roman Catholicism. Pope John Paul II's call for a 'new feminism' has led to the development of a Catholic theological response to the so-called 'old feminism'. The New Catholic Feminism sets up a dramatic encounter between the orthodox Catholic establishment and contemporary critical theory, including feminist theology and philosophy, queer theory, and French psycholinguistics, in order to explore fundamental questions about human identity, personhood and gender. From the naked bodies of Eden to the 'gay nuptials' of liturgy, it argues that the strange and volatile world of Catholic sexual symbolism cannot be 'tamed' to meet the ideological agendas of either feminist theology or conservative Catholicism. Only through a radical re-evaluation of the sacramental significance of the sexed human body might the Catholic Church provide a redemptive response to the sexual politics of contemporary society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415301480
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Jewish history : a timeline
1Jews and the Bible1
2The commentatorial tradition : Mishnah and Talmud17
3Jews versus Greeks30
4Jews versus Christians52
5Jews versus Muslims59
6Written law versus oral law74
7Philosophers versus kabbalists81
8The ideal versus the real95
9The intellectual versus the natural116
10The "norm" versus the "deviant" : sex and gender in Judaism125
11Orthodoxy versus reform134
12How special are the Jews?148
13The future of Judaism versus Jewish futures157

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