NEW WOMAN, NEW EARTH: Sexist Ideologies and Human Liberation

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NEW WOMAN, NEW EARTH: Sexist Ideologies and Human Liberation


Reuther, Rosemary, Herizons


NEW WOMAN, NEW EARTH: Sexist Ideologies and Human Liberation

Are you a woman who feels estranged from or confused by Christianity? Does life feel like a suit of clothes three sizes too small? If you have ever pondered questions akin to these then perhaps Rosemary Reuther's book New Woman, New Earth: Sexist Ideologies and Human Liberation is for you. Originally published in 1975, it was re-issued in a 20th anniversary edition last year.

I first read New Woman, New Earth in 1979, and it was one of a few books which opened doors in my mind of which I had previously been unaware. At the risk of sounding hackneyed and trite, I would say that at the time of first reading, this was a book that changed how I thought. So it was with great excitement that I approached the task of reviewing this new edition. All sorts of questions bounced around in my head. Is it still relevant? Have the publishers simply resurrected an old dinosaur? Will it engage me? Would anyone else be interested today? Dictionary in hand, I set forth on my adventure.

New Woman, New Earth is an essay collection. But it shows less disjointedness than I have come to expect from essay collections. The book is arranged in three parts. The first section looks at women in the Christian tradition: women and ministry, feminist analysis of church history, and the cult of Mary in Christian tradition. …

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