- 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: #502,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Re-Imagining the Divine: Confronting the Backlash Against Feminist Theology Hardcover – November, 1998
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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.