Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology

Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology

Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology

Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology

Synopsis

"By the time Ruether finishes, systematic theology has undergone a radical critique from which it emerges transformed rather than simply modified or totally rejected. She has constructed a full-fledged feminist theology--the first within a Christian context." -The New York Times Book Review

Excerpt

"I am the Lord thy God, Thou shalt have no other gods before Me," bellowed God the Father, as He seated himself high upon His Cherubim throne and surveyed the ranks of angels doing obeisance to Him. Having expelled the quarrelsome Sons of Heaven who disputed his reign, He had finally restored order in the Heavens. Earth was a different problem. Ever since the rebellious Sons of Heaven left to rape the daughters of humankind, things had been chaotic down there. From this violence all sorts of monsters had been born.

While all about Him the ranks of the angels sang His praises unceasingly, God the Father was frustrated with His inability to have His will done on earth. He was also getting somewhat bored with having His way so completely done in Heaven. "Something is missing here," He thought. As His mind wandered, images floated to His eyes. The shapes of the daughters of humankind appeared, but he sternly suppressed them. "Ugh," He thought. "They are the cause of all Our problems. If it had not been for their seductive form, the Sons of Heaven would not have rebelled and fallen to earth. The first one, Eve, disrupted my original plans for Paradise. I had to show her what the real world means: men ruling and women obeying, bringing forth children in sorrow and living in subjugation to their husbands. . . ."

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