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"A significant contribution ... and a courageous text that calls all to work together, survive together, in question of the liberation beyond the frontier of the wilderness."--Modern Theology --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570750262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570750267
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is one of the first (and finest) works of Womanist Theology, which is specifically attuned to the needs and concerns of black women. Written in response to Black Theology (which focused upon the needs of black men) and Feminist Theology (which was focused upon the needs of white women), Womanist Theology was a necessary addition to the world of Liberation Theology as neither Black nor Feminist Theology spoke specifically on behalf of black women. This is where Williams comes in. Drawing primarily from the story of Hagar from the book of Genesis as well as from the novels of Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston, Williams shows how much the story of Hagar mirrors the experience of black women in America today. She also offers stringent, fair, and necessary critiques of prominent Black Theologians' work and traditional theological notions such as that of penal substitution atonement theory. Her critique of the valorization of the cross, while only a few pages, is one of the most stunning pieces of theological writing I have ever encountered. While the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, this a book that must be read by all who care about theology in the twenty-first century. This is a text that must be understood and grappled with, but it is also one that we must take seriously. Despite it being one of the first works of Womanist Theology, it is of far more than mere historical importance.
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Very challenging read for me I guess due to my lack of understanding history and the feminist movement. I really wanted to enjoy this one, but I couldn't. Its funny in my Woman's Worth class which is usually high attendance but when it came time to discuss this read it was not. Sad because I was ready to learn.
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Author Delores S. Williams wrote in the Preface to this 1993 book, “The African-America denominational churches told black women they were ‘somebody’ in a society that hated their race and spurned their womanhood…. Historically, however, the African-American denominational churches have also been places where black women, aside from venting their pain in emotional response, have come for decidedly theological reasons… the African-American denominational churches function like two-edged swords. They sustain black women emotionally and provide ‘theological space’ for black women’s faith expressions. But they suppress and help to make invisible black women’s thought and culture. Through their uncritical use of the Bible and through their patriarchal theology, many… prohibit women from asking many critical questions about women’s oppression and about the support and reinforcement of that oppression by the Bible and by the Christian church in all its male dominated forms.” (Pg. xiii)

She continues, “Today a theological corrective is developing that has considerable potential for bringing black women’s experience into theology so that black women will see the need to transform the sexist character of the churches and their theology. The corrective… is called womanist theology… womanist theology is a prophetic voice reminding African-American denominational churches of their mission to seek justice and voice for all their people, of which black women are the overwhelming majority in their congregations.” (Pg. xiii)

She adds, “womanist theology especially concerns itself with the faith, survival and freedom-struggle of African-American women… Like white feminist theology, womanist theology affirms the full humanity of women.
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Author Delores S. Williams wrote in the Preface to this 1993 book, “The African-America denominational churches told black women they were ‘somebody’ in a society that hated their race and spurned their womanhood…. Historically, however, the African-American denominational churches have also been places where black women, aside from venting their pain in emotional response, have come for decidedly theological reasons… the African-American denominational churches function like two-edged swords. They sustain black women emotionally and provide ‘theological space’ for black women’s faith expressions. But they suppress and help to make invisible black women’s thought and culture. Through their uncritical use of the Bible and through their patriarchal theology, many… prohibit women from asking many critical questions about women’s oppression and about the support and reinforcement of that oppression by the Bible and by the Christian church in all its male dominated forms.” (Pg. xiii)

She continues, “Today a theological corrective is developing that has considerable potential for bringing black women’s experience into theology so that black women will see the need to transform the sexist character of the churches and their theology. The corrective… is called womanist theology… womanist theology is a prophetic voice reminding African-American denominational churches of their mission to seek justice and voice for all their people, of which black women are the overwhelming majority in their congregations.” (Pg. xiii)

She adds, “womanist theology especially concerns itself with the faith, survival and freedom-struggle of African-American women… Like white feminist theology, womanist theology affirms the full humanity of women.
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