Women, the Earth, the Divine

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Eleanor Rae, co-author of Created in Her Image, weaves together three compelling topics of contemporary concern: women's identity, the environmental crisis, and the feminine divine. Women, the Earth, the Divine presents the case for rediscovering a "feminine principle" that is not the product of a patriarchal worldview. Rather, Rae derives it from the real experience of women - from the East as well as the West. Rae looks at the articulation of a feminine principle from the perspective of ecofeminism and in light...
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Overview

Eleanor Rae, co-author of Created in Her Image, weaves together three compelling topics of contemporary concern: women's identity, the environmental crisis, and the feminine divine. Women, the Earth, the Divine presents the case for rediscovering a "feminine principle" that is not the product of a patriarchal worldview. Rather, Rae derives it from the real experience of women - from the East as well as the West. Rae looks at the articulation of a feminine principle from the perspective of ecofeminism and in light of the contribution the religions of the world can make to the ecofeminist project. A Jungian and process theology perception of the complementarity of the sexes becomes the framework for Rae's discussion, which invites dialogue between women and men, scientists and religionists. Women, the Earth, the Divine examines Western tendencies that ignore women's voices and experience and disregard women's approaches to every aspect of life - including science and economics, psychology and sociology, philosophy and theology. Rae argues that reclaiming the feminine principle provides the key element to the dialogue that must take place among peoples if the real and immediate needs of the world, and especially of the environmental crisis, are to be addressed. Part I of Women, the Earth, the Divine explores the present situation of women and the basics of ecofeminism. Part II relates the basis for an Earth-centered ethic cognizant of the link between the oppression of women and the exploitation of nature. In Part III, Rae's chapter on the Holy Spirit as "the feminine divine" is a breathtaking tour-de-force which retrieves basic elements for a re-articulation of Christian identity. Women, the Earth, the Divine concludes with surveys of the feminine principle in four major world religions: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780883449523
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Series: Ecology and Justice Series
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Reclaiming of the Feminine 1
Making the Connection: Women/the Earth 2
The Ecological Crisis as a Religious Issue 4
The Organization of This Book 5
1 The Present Situation of Women 9
Origin of Women's Present Situation 9
Possible Responses to Women's Historical Situation 12
The Response in the United States of America 15
The Uniqueness of the Response: Diversity 16
What Women Have in Common: Unity 20
2 Ecofeminism 23
What Is Ecofeminism? 23
The Women/Nature Issue 25
Instrumentalism 30
Dualism 32
Complementarity 35
The One and the Many 36
3 Living the Earth-Centered Future Today 43
Values 43
An Ethic of Care 46
Transformation 49
Bioregionalism 52
The Green Movement 55
4 Toward a Contemporary Cosmology 60
Relating Myth, Mysticism, and Science 61
Modern Science and Cosmology 63
The Universe as the Body of the Divinity 71
The New Story/A New Story 73
5 The Holy Spirit as the Feminine Divine 81
Why the Divine as Feminine? 81
The Function of the Holy Spirit 82
The Spirit/Word Relationship 84
The Holy Spirit and the Trinity 86
The Person of the Holy Spirit 90
6 The Feminine and the Major World Religions 94
Hinduism - A Religion of Many Goddesses 95
Judaism - The Feminine in a Monotheistic Context 101
Buddhism - The Feminine in a Non-theistic Context 106
Islam - Women's Challenge from within the Tradition 111
Epilogue 117
Notes 119
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