The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology

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The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology


White, Susan Bennett, Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources


Mary McClintock Fulkerson & Sheila Briggs, eds., THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF FEMINIST THEOLOGY. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 600p. bibl, ill. map. index. $150.00, ISBN 978-0199273881.

  Feminist theology was one of several new theologies that began
  in the 1960s through participation in social movements seeking
  radical change ... The awareness that feminists were working in
  other religious traditions ... led to Christian feminist
  theology's embrace of inter-religious dialogue and recognition
  of women of other faiths and post-traditional forms of feminist
  spirituality. (p. 1)

  This Handbook ... acknowledges the reflection of women on
  religion beyond the global North and its forms of Christianity,
  and has therefore chosen globalization as its central theme, as
  the foremost characteristic of the context in which we do
  feminist theology today. (p. 2)

Contributors to this volume constitute a formidable panel that represents, most broadly, both the worlds religions and the feminist lens. They bring to this task impeccable credentials that include numerous and weighty publications and affiliations at a number of the worlds preeminent schools of theology and religion. In twenty-six chapters organized into three sections, they present a discursive analysis of the many facets of feminist theology and the globalized world that is its context.

Section I, "Feminist Theology at the Crossroads," looks at worldwide communication today enabled by modern technology, and yet strained by different views of what is divine among those engaged in such conversations. Section II, "Changing Contexts," explores, in twelve chapters, particular aspects of the geopolitical context of different global regions. For example, the concluding chapter of this section, "Feminism, Inc.: Globalization and North American Feminist Theologies," has thin religious content, and instead explores what is postulated to be an unethical practice in which corporate America hires feminist scholars to help them create policies to keep their women executives, but then further enslaves lower-level women in these companies. …

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