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Friends of God and Prophets: A Feminist Theological Reading Of The Communion Of Saints Paperback – September 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0826411983 ISBN-10: 0826411983 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826411983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826411983
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,302,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Elizabeth Johnson has become one of the most creative, challenging, and inspiring theological thinkers of our day. I found this book evocative and helpful."
—Barbara Hughes, Sewanee Theological Review, Christmas 2001


“[Johnson’s] book should be read slowly, thoughtfully and prayerfully by Christians of all denominations, for it has much to say about belonging to the communion of all the saints.” —Christian Century (The Christian Century)

About the Author

Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., is distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University. She has received numerous awards, including the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for She Who Is (1993), the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion for Friends of God and Prophets (1999), and the Book Award of the College Theology Society for Truly Our Sister (2004). She was also the recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Jerome Award of the Catholic Library Association, and the Monika K. Hellwig Award of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

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I bought this book at the recommendation of a friend.
Ramona Kadow
A personal interest of mine, The Communion of Saints is a subject that I have done significant research on.
Franciscan
It is simply one of the best books I have ever read.
Suzanne Michelle

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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Michelle on April 26, 2000
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If you are a person into change, into contemplating your own place in the world, into deepening your personal spiritual connection to all that is, and especially to G-d, you will love this book. Yes, it deals with feminist theology, yes, 'Sr. Beth' is an excellent, careful, and clear writer -- these are obvious with a cursory glance. We all fit together, somehow, in this world of G-d's, and hardly a paragraph goes by where the reader is not encouraged to feel & believe in both the connection & the process. This work is a synthesis of very much, a disparager of very little, an emblem of hope & belief... a way... for how we are all part of the communion of saints, keepers of Wisdom, able ourselves to -be- 'friends of God, and prophets' -- and ultimately able to believe in and offer support to each other. It is simply one of the best books I have ever read.
This is not to say it's an easy read -- it is not. It is FULL of stuff, no wasted words. But, if you are a seeker of the Holy Spirit, you will be encouraged & nurtured -- and maybe, challenged.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Franciscan on June 10, 2006
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Johnson does an outstanding job presenting a commonly overlooked aspect of our faith as a Christian community. A personal interest of mine, The Communion of Saints is a subject that I have done significant research on. I believe that Johnson brings this essential element of the Apostles Creed into the Twenty-First Century in a wonderfully illuminating way.

As I mentioned in a recent lecture I gave on the Communion of Saints, while Johnson's subheading "A Feminist Theological Reading of The Communion of Saints" may seem frightening and off-putting to some who associate the term "Feminist" with the early women's social-political movements of the 60s and 70s, one should not fear.

Johnson, arguably the leading North American Feminist Theologian, moves the reader through the history of the Communion of Saints into a paradigm for the post-modern age that leaves the so-called "first-wave feminism" in the dust to elucidate the meaning of living and praying as part of a community that extends far beyond our immediate world.

The call to "radical inclusiveness" is a theme that is presented in manner that applies a tenet of Apostolic tradition to the modern (and not-so-modern) call to social action. This book presents the history of the Communion of Saints and then answers the question: "So What?"

While some of the book is heavy with theological subjects, I still recommend this book to anyone who is looking to grow in their understanding of The Communion of Saints, our relationship within that community and/or the state of inclusive theology today.

This is a book for the person with a terminal degree and for the person without. It is an excellent work!
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By Pepe Ruiz, S.J. on March 16, 2014
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This is a good read. It makes you think. She has a lot of good points. In general I am not thrilled about every argument she makes, but I always get something out of what she is saying.
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