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Re-Imagining the Divine: Confronting the Backlash Against Feminist Theology Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Press (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082981289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829812893
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerald on March 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've made my living as a writer and editor for a lot of years, so I'm speaking from some experience when I say I haven't encountered anything this well written in a long, long time.
Theology was alien territory to me (maybe even enemy territory) when a friend recommended this book. Schneider explains the two principal underpinnings of feminist theology (the "metaphorical exemption," which says that all images of the divine are just limited human stabs at comprehending the divine and thus can be examined for how they reinforce socially and environmentally harmful attitudes and social structures, such as patriarchy and dualistic thinking; and "embodied experience," which is the direct "revelation" of the divine to individuals). She shows the strengths and problems within each, and the tension between them. It's not just lucid -- she evokes awe where that's appropriate, empathy where it is, and so on through a wide range of emotions. Including humor -- there are parts of this that are laugh-out-loud funny.
The best part, for me, was in her argument that there's no incontrovertible basis for monotheism in scripture, and that monotheism may be the ultimate religious authorization for the harmful social constructions that any sensible person, feminist or not, would want to do away with. Her argument here has to be, for any thinking person who hasn't thought much about this particular topic, like a whack between the eyes with a two-by-four. It makes you rethink everything and experience everything -- not just religion, everything -- differently. At least that's the effect it had on me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Schneider has combined a rigorous examination of traditional and feminist theologies with a remarkably beautiful examination of poetic and creative expressions of faith. This book was an education and a deep pleasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
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Excellent! This well-written book stretches key questions in theology well beyond feminist concerns. Or, perhaps better put, the book shows how feminist concerns are far-reaching in theology. A very very caring and thoughtful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
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This is an excellent, well written, and deeply thoughtful account of issues in theology far beyond feminism. Or, perhaps better put, Schneider shows how issues in feminism are far-reaching in theology. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1999
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Schneider's explanation of the emergence, defining characteristics, and current dilemmas of feminist theology provides a clear and effective introduction to this exciting field of religious studies. Her claim that monotheism is fundamentally at odds with the basic commitments and methods of feminist thought is both audacious and persuasive.
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