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Transformative Lutheran Theologies: Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Perspectives Paperback – September 1, 2010

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"A remarkable addition to the rich history of Lutheran theology. Not only have these theologians opened doors to fresh, new worlds of Lutheran thought, they've done so in a way that honors the past by--extending it forward. I can't wait to use Transformative Lutheran Theologies in class. I've been waiting twenty years for a text like this. Imagine teaching Luther's thought and placing it by side with these cutting-edge essays. Luther would no doubt be proud-- maybe even a bit envious." --Serene Jones, President and Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology

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Mary J. Streufert is Director for Justice for Women, Church in Society Program Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800663772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800663773
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has a great collection of Lutheran feminist perspective on central theological issues such as creation, sin, redemption, and so on. As someone who has disagreements with many elements of feminist theology, I found the book accessible, and less "militant" than other feminist theology texts I have read. There is also a wide diversity of perspectives to be found in this book. On some chapters, I found myself agreeing almost wholeheartedly with the theologian authoring the chapter, and on others I found myself in total and complete disagreement. In the end, the book is a great book and embodies a good collection of differing feminist, Lutheran viewpoints.
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This book is outstanding on a number of levels. First of all, it is a collection of relatively brief essays outlining many of the key emphases of Lutheran theology. In that sense, readers can engage it as a primer in Lutheran theology and interpretation. It simultaneously functions as a primer in feminist, womanist, and mujerista perspectives as they come into conversation with the Lutheran theological tradition. I found this to be a rich approach, because they authors come at both aspects of this conversation (the Lutheran and the feminist/womanist/mujerista) with a generosity of interpretation that invites readers to see, for the most part, what is positive and contributes to forward movement in theological conversation.

It helps to see the titles of the essays:

Part 1: Legacies and Margins

1. Historical and Theological Legacies of Feminism and Lutheranism
L. DeAne Lagerquist and Caryn D. Riswold
2. The Elusive Lure of the Lotus
Mary (Joy) Philip

Part 2: God and Humanity
3. Inhabiting Paradox: God and Feminist Theology for the Third Wave
Caryn D. Riswold

4. God's Heart Revealed in Eden: Luther on the Character of God and the Vocation of Humanity
Kristen E. Kvam

Part 3: sin and grace

5. Sin from a Queer, Lutheran Perspective
Mary E. Lowe

6. Who Are You? Christ and the Imperative of Subjectivity
Anna Mercedes

Part 4: The Work and Person of Christ
7. Through Mujerista Eyes: Stories of Incarnate Redemption
Alicia Vargas

8. Putting the Cross in Context: Atonement through Covenant
Marit Trelstad

9. Christ as Bride/Groom: A Lutheran Feminist Relational Christology
Kathryn A. Kleinhans

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I used this book as a resource for a theology paper for my seminary degree. I found this book to be quite handy as a resource as far as seeing the functional image of God and seeing what the Christian church can look like from the eyes of the traditionally disempowered. However, I found it to be trying to hard to be edgy and confrontational and it sacrificed a lot of the theological meat to back up some of the arguments.

It's worth a read, but I wouldn't use it to form your personal theology. I could picture it being more useful for getting a feel for the needs that are out there as far as spiritual formation and soul care, as the church has indeed left large chunks of the population uncared for.
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Full disclosure: I am a theologically and politically liberal Lutheran seminary graduate. That being said, this book is INCREDIBLE. I bought it specifically to use the chapter on queer theology for a paper, but have really enjoyed perusing the rest of the book. I haven't read the whole book, but I've read articles by most of the authors, and they are wonderfully thoughtful and challenging writers. In many cases, the author goes a little "further" than I might, theologically, and certainly further than many Lutherans probably would. But if you want a book that will be thought-provoking and expose you to new theological ideas, this is a great one to pick up. The chapters aren't very long, and the book covers a broad range of topics, so there's something for everyone.
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