Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace

Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace

Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace

Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace

Synopsis

This long-awaited text charts clearly and comprehensively the enormously important area of feminist theory -- and brings it into fruitful conversation with Christian theology. Jones introduces the primary concerns that animate feminist theory through discussion of critical texts and through women's narratives. She shows how they pose uncomfortable questions, and leave no corner of the Christian tradition unchallenged. Jones unfolds feminist theory in three broad categories that analyze human identity and gender, oppression, and ethics. She then illustrates their potential for illuminating theological categories of experience, truth, text, and norm to revitalize three key traditional Christian doctrines: faith, sin, and church.

Excerpt

Christian theology has always conceived itself in dialogue with other intellectual disciplines, notably philosophy. Such a dialogue has expanded its range exponentially and thereby become more difficult in the pluriform, multivoiced intellectual landscape of contemporary times. Helping theologians navigate an intellectual universe that no one person can now master, or even adequately survey, is one point of the Guides to Theological Inquiry series.

This book on feminist theory and theology is a crucial contribution to the series, each volume of which is dedicated to a topic or method in contemporary intellectual life and its significance for theology. Feminist theology, as it is practiced in the United States today by academic theologians such as Serene Jones, models for theology generally a courageous and creative strategy of theological response to the shifting and variegated geography of the present intellectual terrain. As Jones's book so well demonstrates, feminist theology avails itself of the full range of feminist scholarship in a variety of fields (e.g., literary theory, psychology, and social and political theory) in order better to attend to the concrete specificities of women's lives—their challenges and problems—and to promote, by way of such diagnoses and analyses of women's situations, the flourishing of all. Incorporating the way that feminist scholarship bridges sophisticated academic methods and real-life concerns, feminist theology in Jones's hands reorients doctrines of the human person, sin, grace, and the church in renewed service to the world by remapping creatively the directions for living that such doctrines provide. The book therefore combines an introduction to feminist studies in a variety of fields with both the rich stories of women's lives and a historically sensitive rereading of Christian doctrines (especially in a Protestant vein). The reward, for those interested in constructive theological proposals, is an outline of an exciting new feminist systematics.

—Kathryn Tanner . . .

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