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Topic Guide - Women in Ministry: Feminist Theology

Feminist Theology - What is it?

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Suggested Subject Headings:

Feminist Theology

Mujerista Theology 

Womanist Theology 

Feminism Religious Aspects Christianity

Feminist Theology - Bible

BIBLE -- Feminist criticism

Women in the Bible -- femini*

 

 

 

Glossary

Eisegesis:  The interpretation of a word or passage (of the Scriptures) by reading into it one's own ideas.1

Egalitarian:  One who asserts the equality of mankind.2

Exegesis:  An explanation or interpretation of a text, esp. of scripture or a scriptural passage. Also more generally: a critical discourse or commentary.3

Feminism:  Advocacy of equality of the sexes and the establishment of the political, social, and economic rights of the female sex; the movement associated with this.4

Feminist Theology:  Feminist theology, understood in the most basic sense, is the doing of theology from a woman's perspective. Feminist theology is an approach to constructing theological doctrine whereby the experience of women, whether described in terms of oppression or the positive aspects of a woman's world, plays a particular and significant role in shaping Christian theology. In that sense, it is an advocacy of women, an effort to have women's voices included as an equal partner with male voices in theological reflection, which historically has not been the case.5 

Fundamentalism:  Strict adherence to doctrines and practices held to be fundamental to Christianity, spec. belief in the inerrancy of Scripture and literal acceptance of the creeds as fundamentals of Protestant Christianity; a movement based on such beliefs arising among various Protestant denominations in the United States and which rose to prominence in the 1920s.6 

Hermeneutics:  The interpretation of scriptural texts; such interpretation as a subject of study or analysis, esp. with regard to theory or methodology. Also: a particular system of interpretation for scriptural texts.7

Marginalization:  The process or result of becoming or making marginal; spec. the process of making an individual or minority group marginal in relation to a dominant social group.8

Modernism:  A tendency or movement towards modifying traditional beliefs and doctrines in accordance with modern ideas and scholarship; spec. a movement of this kind in the Roman Catholic Church around the beginning of the 20th cent.9

Postmodernism:  The state, condition, or period subsequent to that which is modern; spec. in architecture, the arts, literature, politics, etc., any of various styles, concepts, or points of view involving a conscious departure from modernism, esp. when characterized by a rejection of ideology and theory in favour of a plurality of values and techniques.10 

Theology:  The study of God, His nature and attributes, and His relations with man and the universe.11

 

Bibliography

1. "eisegesis, n.". OED Online. March 2019. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/60018?redirectedFrom=Eisegesis (accessed April 26, 2019).

2. "egalitarian, adj. and n.". OED Online. March 2019. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/59856?redirectedFrom=Egalitarianism (accessed April 26, 2019).

3. "exegesis, n.". OED Online. March 2019. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/66027?redirectedFrom=Exegesis (accessed April 26, 2019).

4. "feminism, n.". OED Online. March 2019. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/69192?redirectedFrom=Feminism (accessed April 26, 2019).

5. Peacore, L. "Feminist Theologies." In Global Dictionary of Theology , edited by William A. Dyrness, and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen. InterVarsity Press, 2008. http://0-search.credoreference.com.library.acaweb.org/content/entry/ivpacat/feminist_theologies/0?institutionId=5914

6. "fundamentalism, n.". OED Online. March 2019. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/75498?redirectedFrom=Fundamentalism (accessed April 26, 2019).

7. "hermeneutics, n.". OED Online. March 2019. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/86258?rskey=Tj8vZ4&result=2&isAdvanced=false (accessed April 26, 2019).

8. "marginalization, n.". OED Online. March 2019. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/239550?redirectedFrom=Marginalization (accessed April 26, 2019).

9. "modernism, n.". OED Online. March 2019. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/120622?redirectedFrom=modernism (accessed April 26, 2019).

10. "postmodernism, n.". OED Online. March 2019. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/238214?redirectedFrom=Postmodernism (accessed April 26, 2019).

11. "theology, n.". OED Online. March 2019. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/200388?redirectedFrom=Theology (accessed April 26, 2019).