Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality

Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality

by Leora Tanenbaum
     
 

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In Taking Back God Leora Tanenbaum recounts the stories of women across the United States, starting with herself, who love their religion but hate their second-class status within it.

If you’ve witnessed the preferential treatment of men in America’s houses of worship, you will not be surprised to learn that there is a surge of women in this

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In Taking Back God Leora Tanenbaum recounts the stories of women across the United States, starting with herself, who love their religion but hate their second-class status within it.

If you’ve witnessed the preferential treatment of men in America’s houses of worship, you will not be surprised to learn that there is a surge of women in this country rising up and demanding religious equality. More and more, religious women—Christian, Muslim, and Jewish—are declaring that they expect to be treated as equals in the religious sphere. They want the same meaningful spiritual connections enjoyed by their brothers, fathers, husbands, and sons. They embrace the word of God but are critical of their faith’s male-oriented theology and liturgy. They reject the conventional interpretations of religious traditions that give women a different—and, to their minds, lesser—status. Rather than abandoning their faith, they are taking it back and making it stronger, transforming religion while maintaining tradition.

Tanenbaum relates the experiences of Catholics, evangelical and mainline Protestants, Muslims, and observant Jews. The conflict they face—honoring tradition while expanding it to synchronize with modern values—is ultimately one that all people of faith grapple with today.

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In this well-documented, engaging, and encouraging book, Tanenbaum (Slut!: Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation), herself an observant Orthodox Jew, explains why many religious women find themselves marginalized by their religions and what they are doing about it. Drawing on wide reading and interviews with almost 100 people, both key players and observant women, Tanenbaum spells out religious women's "love-hate relationship with tradition." This book stands out from others in a similar vein by covering five different faith traditions. Tanenbaum recounts Roman Catholic women's attempts to have women ordained priests; evangelicals' efforts to overcome sexist interpretations of the Bible; the push back by conservatives in mainline Protestant churches-which ordain women-against "feminized" religion; Muslim women's endeavors for equal access to Friday prayers; and Orthodox Jewish efforts to open Torah study to women. In concluding chapters, Tanenbaum surveys religious women's sexual lives and gendered language about humans and God in worship. She succeeds in capturing the courage, humor, and grit of her protagonists without demonizing their opponents. Highly recommended for all libraries.
—Steve Young

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374272357
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
12/23/2008
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.17(d)

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