Women in Christianity

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For two years Küng guided a research project on Women and Christianity, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. For most of the religions of the world, women are a problem. From time immemorial they have been subordinate to men, second class in the family, politics and business with limited rights and even limited participation in worship. It is not only in Christianity that equal rights for women has been a scandalously neglected issue.

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Overview

For two years Küng guided a research project on Women and Christianity, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. For most of the religions of the world, women are a problem. From time immemorial they have been subordinate to men, second class in the family, politics and business with limited rights and even limited participation in worship. It is not only in Christianity that equal rights for women has been a scandalously neglected issue.

By an examination of the history of women in Christianity, Kung points to the scandals of the past.
The prohibition of women servers at Mass and of the ordination of women to the diaconate and the priesthood are symptomatic of a male dominated Church, which takes a consistently 'negative' attitude towards contraception, abortion and divorce. Roman Catholic Canon Law is androcentric and male dominated.

From his position of intellectual freedom, as an independent Professor at the University of Tubingen, Küng is free to analyse the mistakes of the past and to sketch out a new theology of Women in the Church. This is not stridently feminist but sees the role of women as being vital for the development of the Church as an institution and for preaching the Christian Gospel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826476906
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/18/2005
  • Series: Icons Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 140
  • Sales rank: 1,163,703
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Kung is Emeritus Professor of Ecumenical Theology at the University of Tubingen and President of the Global Ethic Foundation. He is the author of numerous best selling books including On Being a Christian (Harper Collins).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Women in Earliest Christianity 1
Women's history too 1
Jesus - friend of women 2
Women in the Jewish-Christian Jesus movement 4
No patriarchal hierarchy 5
Provisional structures 6
Women as apostles and prophets? 7
2 Women in the Early Church 9
Women apostles and prophets in Paul 9
Conflicts over the status of women 12
Gnosticism: an opportunity for women 13
Women: the losers in history 15
To be rediscovered: women martyrs, prophets, teachers 19
Alternative forms of life for women 21
The shadow sides 22
Were women emancipated through Christianity? 23
Tradition as an argument today 25
3 Women in the Church of the Middle Ages 29
Augustine: original sin corrupts sexuality 29
Rigorism in sexual morality 31
An inter-religious problem 33
A church of celibate men and the prohibition of marriage 34
Thomas: women - somewhat defective 38
Women in the family, politics and business 41
Repression of women in the church 46
Mysticism under suspicion 50
Veneration of Mary on the increase 52
An ecumenical image of Mary? 56
4 Women at the Time of the Reformation 61
Luther's fundamental impulse for reform 61
The changed situation of women 62
Fellowship of men and women 64
The structure of society - still patriarchal 65
Women in Calvinism and Anglicanism 66
Emancipation in the 'sects'? 69
Women as witches 70
Who was to blame for the witch-craze? 72
Why the witch-craze? 75
5 Women in Modernity and Postmodernity 79
The Philosophical revolution and women 80
The political revolution and women 82
The industrial revolution and women 83
Have the churches hindered or encouraged the emancipation of women? 85
The situation in modern Catholicism 87
The situation in modern Protestantism 89
The feminist movement 93
Questions to the churches 95
A fellowship of brothers and sisters, free and equal 97
Specific demands 98
Conclusion 102
Notes 105
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