Religion, Feminism, And The Family

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Despite the tension between some proponents of feminism and organized religion, particularly in regard to family life, little has been written to view religion, feminism, and the family simultaneously. Drawing on history, theology, and the social sciences, the contributors to this volume analyze the impact of feminism on the experience of family life in its religious dimension. Religion, Feminism, and the Family is designed to stimulate discussion on both the contemporary ...

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Overview

Despite the tension between some proponents of feminism and organized religion, particularly in regard to family life, little has been written to view religion, feminism, and the family simultaneously. Drawing on history, theology, and the social sciences, the contributors to this volume analyze the impact of feminism on the experience of family life in its religious dimension. Religion, Feminism, and the Family is designed to stimulate discussion on both the contemporary women's movement and the future of the American family.

The Family, Culture, and Religion series offers informed and responsible analyses of the state of the American family from a religious perspective and provides practical assistance for the family's revitalization.

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Anne Carr was a pioneering feminist theologian and advocate, and the first woman with a permanent faculty appointment to the University of Chicago's renowned Divinity School in Chicago, Illinois. She was a Roman Catholic nun and member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) for almost a half-century and was a scholar of modern theology who specialized in Catholic thought and feminist theology for more than thirty years. She was the author of books such as The Theological Method of Karl Rahner; A Search for Wisdom and Spirit: Thomas Merton's Theology of Self; and Transforming Grace: Christian Tradition and Women's Experience.

Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen is Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. She has been a senior editor of Christianity Today and is currently a contributing editor for Books & Culture. She has written, cowritten, and contributed to several books, including The Psychology of Intergroup Relations, The Person in Psychology, After Eden, and Women and the Future of the Family.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Religion and Feminism: A Reformist Christian Analysis 11
2 Re-Inventing the Ties that Bind: Feminism and the Family at the Close of the Twentieth Century 33
3 The Family in the Hebrew Bible 55
4 The Family in Rabbinic Judaism 74
5 Christian Understandings of Human Nature and Gender 95
6 A Common Love: Christian Feminist Ethics and the Family 111
7 Christianity, Women, and the Medieval Family 127
8 The Early Modern Period: Religion, the Family, and Women's Public Roles 149
9 Restoring the Divine Order to the World: Religion and the Family in the Antebellum Woman's Rights Movement 166
10 Religion, Feminism, and the American Family: 1865-1920 183
11 "Take Your Girlie to the Movies": Dating and Entertainment in Twentieth-Century America 197
12 Reluctant Feminists: Rural Women and the Myth of the Farm Family 223
13 Rethinking Private and Public Patriarchy 249
14 Family and Work: Can Anyone "Have It All"? 275
15 Sacrificial and Parental Spiritualities 294
16 The "Recovery" of Fatherhood? 310
17 "Lifting as We Climb": Womanist Theorizing about Religion and the Family 330
18 A Voice from "The Borderlands": Asian-American Women and their Families 344
19 Shakti and Sati: Women, Religion, and Development 358
Final Reflections 377
Index of Names and Subjects 383
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