9780415301473

The New Catholic Feminism: Theology, Gender Theory and Dialogue

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415301473

  • ISBN10:

    0415301475

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-03-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Roman Catholicism exerts a continuing influence on the culture and politics of the world's nations, and never more so than on issues of gender and sexuality. If the Catholic Church is to continue to be relevant to modern women, it needs to go beyond its traditional anachronistic sexual stereotypes and hierarchies, to present the Gospel in a way that is attentive to the questions, needs and values of the age, without surrendering the central truths of Christian faith.

Author Biography

Tina Beattie is Reader in Christian Studies at Roehampton University, where she also convenes the MA programme in Religion and Human Rights.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction 1(16)
PART I The middle
17(72)
Catholicism, feminism and faith
19(14)
The Vatican and feminism
20(3)
Catholicism and the end of feminism?
23(3)
Secular theory and feminist theology
26(3)
The secularization of knowledge
29(4)
Feminist bodies and feminist selves
33(16)
The disembodied self
33(4)
Butler's absent God
37(3)
Sex, gender and the secular body
40(2)
Rethinking essentialism
42(3)
The self as gift
45(4)
Gender, knowing and being
49(19)
Heidegger and the question of Being
50(4)
Sexual difference, being and language
54(3)
Feminist theology after Heidegger
57(3)
Towards a feminist Thomism
60(5)
Gendering apophaticism
65(3)
Knowledge, desire and prayer
68(21)
The secularization of vision
70(2)
The problematization of prayer
72(4)
Desire and reason
76(5)
Praying as a woman
81(8)
PART II The end
89(96)
Incarnation, difference and God
91(21)
Balthasar and Irigaray: engendering difference
92(3)
Language and embodiment
95(1)
Irigaray and the otherness of God
96(3)
Balthasar's theo-drama
99(2)
Balthasar and the otherness of woman
101(2)
Eve, Mary and the Church as woman
103(4)
The end of woman
107(5)
Masculinity, femininity and God
112(17)
Acting up: man as material girl
113(4)
Sexual difference in eastern and western Christianity
117(4)
Sexual difference and the imago Dei
121(5)
Sexuality and sacramentality
126(3)
Cherchez la femme: gender, Church and priesthood
129(20)
The nuptial significance of the priesthood
130(3)
The Marian and Petrine Church
133(4)
Justifying the male priesthood
137(2)
The sacrament of the body
139(3)
Sacramentality and the female body
142(3)
Cherchez l'homme: Balthasar's sexual paradoxes
145(4)
Desire, death and the female body
149(14)
Balthasar's suprasexuality
150(2)
Woman, sex and time
152(3)
Sex, death and the polarities of human existence
155(3)
Kenosis, sex and death
158(3)
Kenosis, masculinity and vulnerability
161(2)
Sex, death and melodrama
163(22)
Sexual role models? Hans Urs von Balthasar and Adrienne von Speyr
163(4)
Hell and the female body
167(3)
Balthasar's struggle
170(3)
Casta meretrix
173(6)
The female sex as other
179(3)
The indictment of theology
182(3)
PART III The beginning
185(127)
Being beyond death
187(21)
Befriending death
188(2)
Beyond necrophilia
190(7)
Lacan, Heidegger and death
197(4)
Rene Girard: desire and violence
201(3)
Girard and the peace of Christ
204(4)
Maternal beginnings
208(17)
The maternal sacrifice
210(2)
Maternal abjection
212(3)
The maternal subject
215(5)
The incineration of meaning
220(5)
Redeeming fatherhood
225(21)
God, suffering and sacrifice
225(4)
Masculinity and violence
229(2)
Christ the dragon-slayer
231(2)
Peace and martyrdom
233(1)
God's origins
234(5)
The compassion of the father
239(3)
The community of the father
242(4)
Redeeming motherhood
246(23)
God and the status quo
246(3)
Balthasar's motherly God
249(4)
Maternity and natality
253(3)
The maternal Church
256(4)
The cosmic mother
260(5)
The Church as Eve
265(4)
Redeeming language
269(21)
The silenced sex
269(4)
The body that speaks
273(4)
Redeeming the nightmare
277(4)
The elemental matrix
281(3)
Difference beyond death
284(3)
Theology beyond feminism
287(3)
Redeeming sacramentality
290(22)
The fire and the rose
292(1)
The knowledge of angels
293(5)
The liturgical body
298(4)
The maternal priest
302(2)
Fecundity and sacrifice
304(6)
God's grandeur and the body's grace
310(2)
Notes 312(45)
Bibliography 357(13)
Index 370

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