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Transforming Vision

Explorations in Feminist Theology

By Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

Publication Year: 2011

Drawing from a career of pioneering scholarship, Schüssler Fiorenza situates the critical feminist theory that has characterized her work in the praxis of liberation. These pathbreaking essays challenge academic and ecclesiastical theologians to embrace critical theory and the analysis of overlapping oppressions in their work. Transforming Vision seeks to free theology from the disciplinary constraints that allow acquiescence to and perpetuation of oppression.

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

Needless to say, the publication of a book, like all intellectual work, always owes its existence to teamwork and much unrecognized labor. Hence, it is important to make visible the people who have greatly contributed to its final embodiment. ...

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Introduction: A Critical Feminist The*logy of Liberation: Reality and Vision

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pp. 1-20

Almost twenty years ago, I published Discipleship of Equals,1 which gathered together my work on feminist the*logy in the 1970s and 1980s. Like Discipleship of Equals so also the present volume circles around power, struggle, and vision as central topoi of my feminist the*logical work. ...

Part I: Feminist Theory and Feminist The*logy

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1: Religion, Gender, and Change: A Critical Feminist Exploration

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pp. 23-38

In this chapter I discuss the encoding of gender discourses and their religious legitimizations. I argue that a critical academic analysis of gender need to remain rooted in the variegated social wo/men’s movements for change. Critical liberationist feminist studies in religion and Christian the*logy therefore may not only focus on a critical deconstructive gender2 analysis ...

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2: Feminist The*logy between Modernity and Postmodernity

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pp. 39-54

Modernity” and “Postmodernity” are ambiguous, shifting concepts that are often set over against each other as dichotomous.1 For example, it is not clear when modernity begins and when it ends, whereas postmodernity is said to have reached its high point in the 1980s, so that today one speaks of late postmodernity.2 ...

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3: Method in Wo/men’s Studies in Religion: A Critical Feminist Hermeneutic and Rhetoric

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pp. 55-78

To approach the topic of women’s studies and feminist hermeneutics, I must first explicate my own perspective and location, since feminist theory together with malestream1 hermeneutics has insisted that scholarship is not done from a disembodied value-neutral position or a “god’s eye view” but that it is always perspectival and sociopolitically situated. ...

Part II: Feminist The*logyand Feminist Struggles

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4: Domination Divides Us, Feminist Differences Make Us Strong: The Ethics and Politics of Liberation

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pp. 81-96

Postmodern feminist theories have pointed out that the ways we situate our texts and choose our rhetorical strategies raise questions about power that need to be made clear again and again.1 In her poem, “Heroines,”2 the American poet Adrienne Rich drew attention to the place of feminist theory ...

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5: Ties That Bind: Violence against Wo/men

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pp. 97-124

Domestic violence2 is at the heart of patri-kyriarchal relations of oppression. Violence against wo/men and their children remains all-pervasive. It is not limited to one specific class, geographical area, or type of persons. Rather it cuts across social differences and status lines: white and black, rich and poor, Asian and European, ...

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6: Christian Anti-Judaism: Prejudice and Accountability in Feminist The*logy

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pp. 125-140

The lively discussion about anti-Judaism in Christian feminist the*logy indicates how much even feminist scholarship and the*logy remain caught up in malestream kyriarchal thought patterns that unconsciously re-inscribe their exclusions and limitations, despite feminist scholars’ aim to disclose and combat them as oppressive. ...

Part III: Catholicism as a Site of Feminist Struggles

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7: Public Discourse, Religion, and Wo/men’s Struggles for Justice

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pp. 143-160

De Beauvoir’s observation that male power and authority has been encoded in civil and religious law and sanctioned as divine right echoes the indictment made by nineteenth-century suffragists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and has become a “common sense” understanding in contemporary feminism. ...

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8: Wo/men and the Catholicity of The*logy

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pp. 161-180

Karl Rahner has argued that the most important event of the Second Vatican Council was the manifestation of the world-church where for the first time bishops of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim acted together with the pope as equals when articulating and deciding the the*logy of the Council.1 ...

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9: An Open Letter to Miryam IV, Successor of Peter and Mary of Magdala

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pp. 181-194

It took me a long time to find the proper way to address you: Holy Father, Your Holiness, Pontifex Maximus, Pater Patrum, Pope, Servus Servorum Dei—none of these titles seemed quite right. Among these traditional titles, Servus Servorum Dei seemed to fit. ...

Part IV: Feminist The*logy: Re-Visioning the Divine

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10: Mariology, Gender Ideology, and the Discipleship of Equals

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pp. 197-214

Mariology, or the teaching about Mary, has been of great interest to feminist the*logians, both Roman Catholic and Protestant.1 In this essay I seek to explore the hardships and difficulties of a feminist journey into the intellectual territory of hegemonic Mariology and I will do so using the the*logical notion ...

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11: Monotheism and Kyriarchy: A Critical Feminist Inquiry

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pp. 215-228

In the last two decades there has been much discussion within the*logical scholarship, especially German scholarship, about monotheism and its consequences.1 The fronts are clearly drawn: either one is for monotheism or against it. Feminist the*logy, too, has hotly debated the topic of “patriarchal monotheism,” particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. ...

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12: Toward a Feminist Wisdom Spirituality of Justice and Well-Being

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pp. 229-242

In the last decades spirituality has become a key topic not only in the*logy but also in commercialized forms of self-help groups and the New Age movements. Spirituality has become a big business. Leading companies everywhere are tuning into the power of spirituality as they look for conveying company goals ...

E-ISBN-13: 9781451407631
E-ISBN-10: 1451407637
Print-ISBN-13: 9780800698065
Print-ISBN-10: 0800698061

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2011