The Satisfied Life

Medieval Women Mystics on Atonement

By Jane Ellen McAvoy

The Satisfied Life

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  • ISBN: 9781606087596
  • Pages: 152
  • Publication Date: 7/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $19.00
Web Price: $15.20
Web Price: $15.20

The Satisfied Life

Medieval Women Mystics on Atonement

By Jane Ellen McAvoy

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781606087596
  • Pages: 152
  • Publication Date: 7/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $19.00
Web Price: $15.20

About-

Christianity centers on the life and death of Jesus as Christ. Often Christians focus on the importance of Christ's Sacrifice as the means of human salvation, and the faithful are encouraged to imitate this suffering through self-sacrifice and self-denial.

More than a few Christians, particularly women, have found such encouragement to self-sacrifice to be a means for continuing oppression--men over women, colonizers over the colonized, the powerful over the powerless.

In The Satisfied Life, Jane McAvoy constructs a feminist theology of atonement--or satisfaction for sin--that draws on the insights of six medieval women mystics: Julian of Norwich, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hildegard of Bingen, Margery Kempe, Hadewijch of Brabant, and Catherine of Siena. These Christian writers reveal alternatives to a theology of oppression. Salvation, for them, means experiencing the death and resurrection of Christ not as life-denying, but as a life-affirming celebration of God's love for us through the sustaining love of Jesus.

Contributors-

Jane Ellen McAvoy

Bio(s)-

Jane McAvoy is associate professor of theology at Lexington Theological Seminary. Her other works include Table Talk: Resources for the Communion Table and numerous articles on the application of medieval women mystics to the contemporary theology, spirituality, and pedagogy.

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