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Introduction

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This book deals with goddesses of the ancient Near East and Greece. It expresses a critique of theories of ancient matriarchy, while at the same time affirming the movements that seek to reinterpret ... More


The Hebrew God and Gender

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Studies of early Israel have suggested that the Hebrews in the period of the judges and early monarchy did not believe that Yahweh was the only god and that all other gods were simply nonexistent. In ... More


Savior Goddesses in the Mystery Religions and Gnosticism

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter looks at how goddesses and female symbols of the divine functioned in two major movements that sought religious salvation in the context of Greco-Roman society: the mystery religions and ... More


The Spiritual Feminine in New Testament and Patristic Christianity

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The anti-gnostic church fathers of the late second century, such as Irenaeus and Tertullian, worked to canonize, as the original and true “deposit of faith,” those early Christian writings that ... More


Feminine Symbols in Medieval Religious Literature

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Mary is the pure virgin at her conception and at the birth of Jesus as well as the exalted queen of heaven. But she is also the sorrowful mother. She understands and is with us in our suffering. More ... More


Tonantzin-Guadalupe: The Meeting of Aztec and Christian Female Symbols in Mexico

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines how female symbols of the divine played out in the violent encounter between the Aztecs and their Spanish conquerors in Mexico in the sixteenth century. Spain sought to repress ... More


Mary and Wisdom in Protestant Mystical Millennialism

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter focuses on the world of sixteenth-century Europe, in the German context of the Reformation. Here, we see the most extensive effort of patriarchal Christianity to repress all female ... More


Conclusion Reflections on the Cross

Mona Siddiqui

in Christians, Muslims and Jesus

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169706
eISBN:
9780300189261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169706.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter argues that the cross is a brand symbol of the Christians. It is also the symbol of conquest, compassion, and through it, one can witness the suffering of God. The chapter adds that the ... More


Introduction

Stephen S. Bush

in Visions of Religion: Experience, Meaning, and Power

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2014
ISBN:
9780199387403
eISBN:
9780199387427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387403.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter introduces the main themes of the book. It provides an overview of the experiential, symbolic meaning, and power approaches to the study of religion. It describes the current status of ... More


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