This book, in light of recent feminist theology on the doctrine of sin, attempts to provide historical support for such feminist considerations. It examines fourth-century church fathers, John Wesley, and Phoebe Palmer as places where an alternative of traditional definitional definition, pride, can be found. Diane Leclerc devotes this study to an important twofold question: "What is the most adequate Christian diagnosis of our fundamental human problem?" and the corollary, " How should we understand the wholeness/holiness that Christianity seeks to promote?". While this interrelated topic is challenging in its own right, she has also chosen to approach it by bringing into dialogue some diverse conversation partners. What makes Leclerc's study so instructive is that no partner in this conversation emerges without some challenge for revision, or without some affirmation of their central concerns.
About the Author
Diane Leclerc is Professor of Historical Theology at Northwest Nazarene University. Her last pastoral position was Interim Pastor, at Epworth Liturgical Church, Boise.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword by Randy L. Maddox Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Chapter 4 Abbreviations Chapter 5 1 "Missing the Mark" Augustine's Skewed Aim and Feminist Critique Chapter 6 2 "Female Men of God": The Ascetic Theory and Practice of Jerome, Chrysostom, and Augustine Chapter 7 3 "Female Brethern": Women and the Unwitting Wisdom of John Wesley Chapter 8 4 "Dignified Daughters": Entire Devotion and the Emancipated Praxis of Phoebe Palmer Chapter 9 5 Sin of the (M)other: A Wesleyan-Holiness-Feminist Hamartiology Chapter 10 Appendix John Wesley's Correspondence with Women Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 About the Author