Christology is especially problematic for feminists. Because Jesus was undeniably male and because the Christian church claims him as the unique God-bearer, feminist christology confronts the dual tasks of explaining the significance of a male God-bearer for women and creating a christological model adequate to feminist experience. Jacquelyn Grant rehearses the development and challenges of feminist christology and argues that, because it has reflected the experience of White women predominantly, it fails to speak to the concerns of non-white and non-western women. In response to this failure, Grant proposes a womanist theology and christology that emerge from and are adequate to the reality of contemporary Black women.
Feminist Christology and Womanist Response
Author: Jacquelyn Grant
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Drawing on examples from literature, art, and popular culture, as well as theology, this engaging book reveals the importance of the question, "whose was he?" in fully understanding the life and legacy of Jesus. A concise, accessible and engaging exploration of Jesus's life and enduring influence Charts the changing global status and influence of Jesus, a Galilean Jew born when the ancient Roman Empire ruled the Mediterranean world, and how he has come to be honored as the Christ and recognized by billions of people around the world Traces the reception history of Jesus and his story over the past two millennia, through art, literature, and culture, as well as theology Draws on a fascinating range of materials - from ancient texts, creeds, and theological treatises, to the visual and dramatic arts, including books like The DaVinci Code and films such as The Passion of the Christ
A Brief History
Author: W. Barnes Tatum
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
This volume of essays addresses from a variety of vantage points the relation of scriptures and community that has been so central to the canonical critical work of James A. Sanders. The first part of the volume focuses on the formation of the Jewish and Christian canons and texts in them, while the second part looks at ancient and modern appropriations of canonical texts. Together these essays show the multiple potential links between canonical criticism and historical, literary, feminist and other approaches in contemporary biblical studies.
Essays on Scripture and Community in Honor of James A. Sanders
Author: Richard D. Weis,David M. Carr,James A. Sanders
Publisher: A&C Black
In Carter's words: I’m persuaded by decades of teaching in seminary and work as a priest in the church that countless women, and many men as well, are faithful “Jesus people” and yet alienated to various degrees from organized religion. Jack Spong and Barbara Brown Taylor are two of the better known voices who have spoken to these people. This book of mine will probably stand with theirs in appealing to this large and diverse group of Jesus people who have become “post Christians,” “cultural Christians,” or have simply drifted away from the church. “She Flies On,” however is not really a critique of organized religion, but rather an effort to think theologically, politically, socially, and autobiographically about the world and the church into which I was born 70 years ago and have lived and worked as a Christian feminist theologian of liberation, who is also an Episcopal priest, a lesbian, a Southerner, and a socialist Democrat. So, while the book does in fact critique the church – especially its foundational doctrine of the Trinity – its rationale is less about the church and more about the people – and creatures – of God going about our lives on planet earth, trying to love one another in the 21st century C.E.
A White Southern Christian Debutante Wakes Up
Author: Carter Heyward
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
This compelling portrait of who Jesus is for the black community surveys the history of the Black Christ from the early slave testimonies to the writings of prominent religious and literary figures through the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.
Author: Kelly Brown Douglas
Publisher: Orbis Books
The Black Church is an institution that emerged in rebellion against injustice perpetrated upon black bodies. How is it, then, that black women's oppression persists in black churches? This book engages the Chalcedonian Definition as the starting point for exploring the body as a moral dilemma.
Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon
Author: Eboni Marshall Turman
Category: Social Science
Voices of Contemporary African Christology
Author: Diane B. Stinton
Category: Black theology
This study articulates the distinctive moral character of the Afro-American women's community. Beginning with a reconstructive history of the Afro-American woman's situation in America, the work next traces the emergence of the Black woman's literary tradition and explains its importance in expressing the moral wisdom of Black women. The life and work of Zora Neale Hurston is examined in detail for her unique contributions to the moral tradition of the Afro-American woman. A final chapter initiates a promising exchange between the works of Hurston and those of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr. A pioneering and multi-dimensional work, 'Black Womanist Ethics' is at once a study in ethics, gender, and race.
Author: Katie Cannon
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This volume highlights the relevance of globalization and the insights of gender studies and religious studies for feminist theology. It focuses on the changing global contexts for the field and its movement towards new models of theology, distinct from the forms of traditional Christian systematic theology and of secular feminism.
Author: Mary McClintock Fulkerson,Sheila Briggs
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Political Science
The Other Jesus shares stories and traditions about Jesus beyond the usual Biblical sources. From Judaism and Islam, to Buddhism and Taoism, the book offers a fresh exploration of Jesus, his place in history, and his impact on other religions.
Stories from World Religions
Author: Todd Outcalt
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
In this study, Victor Anderson traces instances of "ontological blackness" in African American theological, religious and cultural thought, arguing that African American critical thought has been trapped in a racial rhetoric that it did not create and which cannot serve it well. Drawing together 18th- and 19th-century accomodationism and its assimilationist heirs with the movements of Black Power and Afrocentrism, Anderson shows that all exhibit a similar structure of racial identity. He suggests that it is time to move beyond the confines of "the cult of black heroic genius" to what Bell Hooks has termed "postmodern blackness": a racial discourse that leaves room to negotiate African American identities along lines of class, gender, sexuality, and age as well as race.
An Essay on African American Religious and Cultural Criticism
Author: Victor Anderson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
This landmark collection of newly commissioned essays explores how diverse women of African descent have practiced religion as part of the work of their ordinary and sometimes extraordinary lives. By examining women from North America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Africa, the contributors identify the patterns that emerge as women, religion, and diaspora intersect, mapping fresh approaches to this emergent field of inquiry. The volume focuses on issues of history, tradition, and the authenticity of African-derived spiritual practices in a variety of contexts, including those where memories of suffering remain fresh and powerful. The contributors discuss matters of power and leadership and of religious expressions outside of institutional settings. The essays study women of Christian denominations, African and Afro-Caribbean traditions, and Islam, addressing their roles as spiritual leaders, artists and musicians, preachers, and participants in bible-study groups. This volume's transnational mixture, along with its use of creative analytical approaches, challenges existing paradigms and summons new models for studying women, religions, and diasporic shiftings across time and space.
Knowledge, Power, and Performance
Author: R. Marie Griffith,Barbara Dianne Savage
Publisher: JHU Press
* A womanist theology of change * Integrates postmodern thought, womanist theology, and process philosophy
A Womanist Theology
Author: Monica A. Coleman
Publisher: Fortress Press
'Hagar's Daughters' is an eloquent plea directed at Christian Black women to use the strengths of their African heritage as a force to heal the divisiveness and sterile domination present in Western society.
Womanist Ways of Being in the World
Author: Diana L. Hayes
Publisher: Paulist Press
In her book, the explosive voice of Katie Geneva Cannon as womanist and theological liberation ethicist boldly proclaims the vital presence and contributions of African-American women." --The Presbyterian Outlook "Cannon moves easily from the passion of folklore and legend to the conceptually rich...language of ethics and womanist theology. Her role 'is to speak as "one of the canonical boys" and as the "non-canonical other" at one and the same time.' In this, she most assuredly succeeds." --Library Journal "Every theologian, student, and lay person should have a copy of Katie's Canon to measure the breadth and depth of their theological commitment. I strongly recommend it." --James H. Cone>
Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community
Author: Katie Geneva Cannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
A collection of essays viewing past and current developments in Christology--a ?state of the art? report by theologians.Featured will be essays by Paula Fredricksen of Boston University and Roger Haight.
Memory, Inquiry, Practice
Author: Anne M. Clifford,Anthony J. Godzieba
Deliver Us From Evil explores the history of resistance to racial and gender oppression-from a slave woman in nineteenth-century America to a woman patient of Sigmund Freud-and traces the failed promises of the American Revolution in the oppression of subordinate groups. Poling reviews resistance by analyzing communities that understand evil as the abuse of power. Also treated are definitions of evil and debates between womanist and feminist theologians. Jesus emerges as a model for marginalized and oppressed people, as Poling calls for prophetic acts of solidarity to create new possibilities for healing and justice.
Resisting Racial and Gender Oppression
Author: James Newton Poling
Publisher: Fortress Press
Category: Social Science