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Women in Christ
Toward a New Feminism
POD; Published: 1/8/2004
ISBN: 978-0-8028-1294-0
Price: $ 39.50
360 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.14 x 9.21
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The challenge of promoting the "new feminism" has barely been addressed since it was first launched by Pope John Paul II in his 1995 encyclical Evangelium vitae. The thirteen contributors in this book, all outstanding international scholars, take up this task, together laying the necessary theoretical foundation for the new feminism. These chapters articulate an integral philosophical and theological understanding of persons that moves beyond patriarchy on the one hand and traditional feminism on the other. Central to the new perspective offered here is the biblical revelation of the human person — man and woman — in Christ, a vision that directs women beyond the "male" standard against which they have too often been measured. Far from constraining women to an "eternal essence," the dynamic view presented here encourages each woman to realize herself in perfect Christian freedom.
Catholic Press Association, Third Place, Gender Issues (2005)
Mary Ann Glendon
"The old feminism of the 1970s is defunct, and it's far from clear what direction feminism will take next. But the essays in this book, each one a gem, point towards a future filled with hope and promise. They are a joy to read! "
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
"This seminal book pursues a question that is critical to the spiritual future of our world. Michele Schumacher has assembled a team of thinkers — all but one of whom are women — who, by drawing on human wisdom, the Bible, the tradition of the Church, and the teaching of Pope John Paul II, present a philosophical and theological reflection that coalesces into a radiant witness to femininity. This is feminism according to God's loving plan of salvation."
Mary Shivanandan
"A groundbreaking work of careful analysis and response to 'traditional' and 'poststructural' feminists, Women in Christ shows how an anthropology rooted in Scripture and the philosophy of Aquinas can overcome the dichotomies between humanity, sexual difference, and personhood. Michele Schumacher has gathered an impressive array of European and American scholarly contributions, including her own, to illuminate what John Paul II calls the new feminism. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in a Christian perspective on this controversial topic."