These essays attempt to fill a growing need for a more exact idea of the role of religion, specifically in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, in shaping the traditional cultural images that have degraded and suppressed women. This book provides, in the compass of a single work, a glimpse of the history of the relationship of patriarchal religion to feminine imagery and to the actual psychic and social self-images of women.
Rosemary Radford Ruether
Rosemary Radford Ruether is Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology at the Pacific School of Religion. She taught previously at Garrett Theological Seminary and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Her research and teaching interests include justice issues, particularly in Palestine and Latin America, women and social justice in theological history, ecofeminist theology, Latin American liberation theology, feminist theology in North America, and feminist theologians from the 2nd/3rd World. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Scripps College (1958), an M.A. in Ancient History (1960) and a Ph.D. in Classics and Patristics (1965) from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. She holds eleven honorary doctorates, the most recent from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1994). She is the author or editor of thirty-two books. Among these are 'Sexism and God-talk: Toward a Feminist Theology' (1983, 1993); 'Woman-Church: Theology and Practice of Feminist Liturgical Communities' (1986); 'Contemporary Catholicism: Crises and Challenges' (1987); 'The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict' (1989); 'Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing' (1992); 'Women Healing Earth: Third World Women on Feminism, Religion and Ecology' (1996), and 'Gender and Redemption: A Theological History' (1997). Dr. Ruether is also a contributor to 105 book symposia and writes regularly for such journals as 'The National Catholic Reporter' and 'Sojourners'. She is a board member of the Friends of Sabeel (Jerusalem and Ann Arbor, Michigan) and Catholics for a Free Choice (Washington, D.C.).