Women and Spirituality: Voices of Protest and Promise


Ursula King believes that women everywhere are seeking a life-affirming spirituality in response to the needs and opportunities of the age. 'Women and Spirituality' gives a wide-ranging account of women's relations with the world's religions and the spiritual dimension of human life.
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Ursula King believes that women everywhere are seeking a life-affirming spirituality in response to the needs and opportunities of the age. 'Women and Spirituality' gives a wide-ranging account of women's relations with the world's religions and the spiritual dimension of human life.
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Her examination of women's protests, of the emerging new consciousness, of women's history is highly accomplished.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941533539
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Ursula King is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, author of The Spirit of One Earth: Reflections on Teilhard de Chardin and Global Spirituality (1989), and editor of Feminist Theology in the Third World (forthcoming), and Turning Points in Religious Studies (1990), and Women in the World's Religions Past and Present (1987).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Prologue 1
Showing one's face and finding a voice of one's own 1
A broad understanding of feminism 3
Feminism and spirituality 5
Crisis, change of consciousness and choices 7
Listening to feminist voices 9
1 Voices of protest and anger 12
The challenge of anger 13
The feminist challenge in historical perspective 14
Feminist consciousness and sisterhood 17
Challenging patriarchy 20
The perception of androcentrism 24
Sexism and the critique of masculinity 27
2 Voices of challenge 32
Women and world religions in a cross-cultural and global perspective 33
Women's roles and status in religious institutions 36
Women in religious language and thought 42
Women and religious experience 53
3 Voices of experience 57
The changing experience of women 59
The international dimension and pluralism of women's experience 61
Women's social and work experience 65
Female bodily existence as a source of women's experience 70
Women's experience of the self 78
The spiritual dimension of women's experience 83
4 Voices of spiritual power 88
Spiritual resources within women themselves 89
The spiritual heritage of women 91
The paradigm of the woman saint and mystic 95
Women mystics in medieval times 98
Mysticism and feminism: some questions for the feminist mystic 105
Space for women's spirituality 111
5 Voices of a new spirituality 114
In search of the Goddess 117
Contemporary Goddess worship and feminist witchcraft 125
Goddess worship in matriarchy groups and the debate about matriarchy 133
The many meanings of the Goddess 140
The ideal of the androgyny 148
6 Voices of a new theology 154
What is feminist theology? 156
Basic orientations in feminist theology 162
Controversies in feminist theology 169
The ordination of women, ecumenism and dialogue 178
Feminist theology and the quest for spirituality 188
7 Voices of prophecy and integration 198
Power, peace, non-violence and ecology 199
Feminist dilemmas and choices 212
Transformation of human consciousness 215
Feminism and spirituality: an integration of perspectives 218
Epilogue 223
Further Reading 229
Bibliography 233
Index 260
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