9780800636388

Crossing the Divide

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  • ISBN13:

    9780800636388

  • ISBN10:

    0800636384

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-05-01
  • Publisher: Fortress Pr

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Summary

Over the last two decades, traditional formulations of the idea of atonement have come under heavy attack from feminist theologians and others. They argue that the traditional view valorizes suffering and encourages people to acquiesce in needless self-sacrificing suffering; that it is unseemly to think of God as demanding suffering of his son; and that the theology of the cross needs to be rethought in light of the whole life, ministry, and resurrection of Jesus. Equally committed to the insights of the theology of the cross and feminist theology, Deanna Thompson takes up these contentious issues here in a creative and nuanced way. Her work emerges from direct engagement with Martin Luther and his archimedean text, "The Heidelberg Disputation, as well as with the architects of reformist feminism. She finds surprising common ground beyond the stereotypes on issues of suffering, abuse, atonement, reform, ethics, and the import of Jesus, and her book culminates in a constructive and promising feminist theology of the cross.

Author Biography

Deana A. Thompson is Associate Professor of Religion at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Part One
1. Claiming the Cross
3(26)
The Stirring of Luther's Theological Imagination
4(7)
New Language for a New Vision
11(4)
Stepping Out as a Theologian of the Cross
15(14)
2. The Walls Come Tumbling Down
29(38)
Sounding the Trumpets
37(11)
A Political Theology of the Cross?
48(10)
Freedom, Bondage, and the Will
58(9)
3. Down to the Very Depths
67(30)
Christ Is Really Here
70(4)
Defense and Disobedience
74(6)
Promising Christ
80(17)
Part Two
4. Feminists Interrogate Luther
97(42)
Feminist Reform and Revolt
98(7)
Interrogating Sin
105(11)
Interrogating the Male Savior
116(11)
Interrogating Atonement
127(12)
5. On Becoming a Feminist Theologian of the Cross
139(23)
Describing the Human Condition
141(6)
Calling Victims and Oppressors What They Are
147(8)
Embodying Christ: Friendship as Christian Vocation
155(7)
Notes 162(19)
Index 181

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