Christian Goddess Spirituality: Enchanting Christianity by Mary Ann Beavis

By Mary Ann Beavis

This monograph specializes in "Christian Goddess Spirituality" (CGS), the phenomenon of (mostly) girls who mix Christianity and Goddess Spirituality, together with Wicca/Witchcraft. Mary Ann Beavis’s research presents ethnographic info and research at the lived non secular adventure of CGS practitioners, drawing on interviews of over a hundred ladies who self-identify as combining Christianity and Goddess spirituality. even supposing CGS additionally has implications for Goddess Spirituality and comparable traditions (e.g., Neopaganism, Wicca), right here, CGS is taken into account basically as a phenomenon inside of Christianity. even if, the learn additionally indicates that the fusion of Christian and Goddess spiritualties has had an impression on non-Christian feminist spirituality, considering that Goddess-worshippers have usually developed Christianity because the diametrical contrary and enemy of the Goddess, to the purpose that a few refuse to confess the chance that CGS is a legitimate religious direction, or that it really is even attainable. In addition, biblical, Jewish and Christian images of the divine similar to Sophia, Shekhinah, the Virgin Mary, or even Mary Magdalene, have chanced on their manner into the "Pagan" Goddess pantheon.

The major subject matters of the research contain: overlaps and alterations among Christian feminist theology and CGS; the routes to CGS for person practitioners, and their ideals, practices and reports; proto-denominational classifications ("spiritual paths") inside CGS; CGS thealogy (Christian discourse concerning the girl divine); and the way forward for CGS in social clinical and ecclesiological context. Christian Goddess Spirituality will be of curiosity to students of faith, in particular people with pursuits in ladies and faith, feminist spiritualities, feminist theology/thealogy, substitute spiritualities, New spiritual routine, and emergent Christianities.

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36. The Religious Roots of CGS Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. , 112–13. , 113. , 113–14. , 114. Ibid. , 96. , 114. , 90. For example, Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex and Politics (Boston: Beacon, 1982, 1988), 187, notes that “estimates of the actual number of Witches executed range from 100,000 to 9,000,000” (citing feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether, New Woman, New Earth: Sexist Ideologies and Human Liberation [New York: Seabury, 1975], 11). , 186. Asphodel Long, In a Chariot Drawn by Lions: The Search for Female in Deity (Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1993), 310–41.

84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93. 94. 95. 96. org/. All websites accessed September 20, 2013. Carol P. Christ, “Why Women Need the Goddess: Phenomenologial, Psychological, and Political Reflections,” Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion (ed. Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow; New York: Harper & Row, 1979), 273–86. Christ, “Goddess,” 274, citing Clifford Geertz, “Religion as a Cultural System,” Reader in Comparative Religion (ed. William L. Lessa and Evon V. Vogt; 2nd edn; New York: Harper and Row, 1972), 206.

111. 7. Ibid. 8. Ibid. 36 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. The Religious Roots of CGS Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. , 112–13. , 113. , 113–14. , 114. Ibid. , 96. , 114. , 90. For example, Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex and Politics (Boston: Beacon, 1982, 1988), 187, notes that “estimates of the actual number of Witches executed range from 100,000 to 9,000,000” (citing feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether, New Woman, New Earth: Sexist Ideologies and Human Liberation [New York: Seabury, 1975], 11).

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