Out of the Depths: Women's Experience of Evil and Salvation

Out of the Depths: Women's Experience of Evil and Salvation

Out of the Depths: Women's Experience of Evil and Salvation

Out of the Depths: Women's Experience of Evil and Salvation

Synopsis

"Whether understood as sin, suffering, injustice, or inexplicable human choice, evil has historically been pondered chiefly through male categories. Likewise salvation. Gebara here presents an alternative, feminist approach to evil and salvation. She allows women to voice their personal sufferings from their own contexts. She then introduces a perspective on evil and salvation based in gender analysis to address specifically the evil women do, the evil they suffer, and their redemptive experiences of God and salvation." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Evil has always been spoken of as an experience common to both women and men. No one who lives on any social or responsible level is exempt from it. No one, even the person without any personal experience of evil, can live outside the historic fabric of solidarity within the mystery of good and evil. The problem that captivates my thinking is not the existence of evil, but rather the understanding of it, the way it is interpreted, and especially the role this interpretation has played in history and theology, particularly in relationship to women. What I mean by evil will become clear as we go along, but I would like to explain a few points at the beginning.

Everyday Evil

The evil I want to talk about is not the evil we do personally, but the evil that we undergo, that we suffer or endure, something not chosen, the kind of evil present in institutions and social structures that accommodate it, even facilitate it. Evil of this sort has no connection with conscience or choice. It is sometimes beyond recognition. One lives with it daily; one sometimes endures it without even naming it as evil. Moreover, it often happens that this kind of evil is accepted as fate, as God's design or as punishment for hidden sins. Evil is so mixed in with our existence that we can live in it without even taking account of it as evil. I'm thinking particularly of those men and women who are executioners in . . .

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