Power for: Feminism and Christ's Self Giving Paperback

by Anna Mercedes

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Power for: Feminism and Christ's Self Giving

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Contesting the feminist critique of the dangers of Christianity's self-giving ethics, this book advances a contemporary feminist christology engaging the strength of self-giving power. Feminist theologians have established that the self-giving doctrines can disempower women and other oppressed persons, teaching passivity and evasion of one's own self-development. Christ's kenosis, or self-emptying on the cross offers a central example of sacrifice for others to the detriment of one's own self-care. And yet, in contrast to previous feminist theologies, this book argues for the power available in self-giving. This feminist christology affirms that we come into ourselves through our own kenosis. Drawing on diverse sources, including traditional voices like Luther or Balthasar, contemporary feminist theologians such as Rosemary Radford Ruether or Marcella Althaus-Reid, and studies of abuse survivors, this book explores passionate self-giving as a power for divine and human revelation, a power for resistance of abuse, and a power for the continued anointing of Christic presence in a postmodern context.Self-giving engages a force that differs from both the 'power in mutual relation' common to feminist theology and the 'power over' of patriarchal thought. Christic self-giving conveys a power for: for God's thriving in the world, and for our own.

Power for: Feminism and Christ's Self Giving by Anna Mercedes was published by Continuum in September 2011. The ISBN for Power for: Feminism and Christ's Self Giving is 9780567303455.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherContinuum (September 2011)
Number of Pages208
Thickness13 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code3976933
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