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      This page includes information on the Bible, Catholicism, Early Church, General Information, Liberation Theology, the the Middle Ages, Protestantism, and Theology in general.


      The Bible

      Brenner, Athalya and Carole Fontaine. Feminist Companion to Reading the Bible. 1997.

      Ostriker, Alicia Suskin. Feminist Revision and the Bible. 1993.

      Rutledge, David. Reading Marginally: Feminism, Deconstruction and the Bible. Brill Academic Pub., 1996.


      Daly, Mary. The Church and the Second Sex. Beacon Press, 1985.

      Hanson, Margaret M. The Role of Grievance, Efficacy and Cost in the Women's Movement in the Catholic Church. 1993.

      Mairs, Nancy. Ordinary Time. Beacon Press, 1994.

      The Early Church

      Aspegren, Kerstin. The Male Woman: A Feminine Ideal in the Early Church. 1990.

      General Information

      Carmody, Denise Lardner. The Good Alliance: Feminism, Religion, and Education. Univ. Press of America, 1991.

      Carr, Anne and Mary Steward Van Leeuwen, ed. Religion, Feminism, and the Family. Westminster John Knox Press, 1996.

      Coll, Regina. Christianity and Feminism in Conversation. Twenty Third Pub., 1994.

      Erickson, Victoria Lee. Where Silence Speaks: Feminism, Social Theory, and Religion. 1993.

      Hewitt, Marsha. Critical Theory of Religion: A Feminist Analysis. Fortress Press, 1995.

      Hobbs, June Hadden. "I Sing for I Cannot Be Silent": The Feminization of American Hymnody, 1870-1920. Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 1997.

      Milhave, Annie Lally, ed. The Inside Stories: 13 Valiant Women Challenging the Church. 1987.

      Moltmann-Wendel, Elisabeth. Liberty, Equality, Sisterhood: On the Emancipation of Women in Church and Society. Trans. Ruth Gritsch. 1978.

      Parsons, Susan Frank. Feminism and Christian Ethics. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996.

      Purvis, Sally. The Power of the Cross. Abingdon, 1993.

      Saussy, Carroll. God Images and Self Esteem: Empowering Women in a Patriarchal Society. Westminster John Knox Press, 1991.

      Van Leeuwen, Mary Stuart. Gender and Grace. InterVarsity Press, 1990.

      Van Leeuwen, Mary Stuart, et. al., ed. After Eden. Eerdmans, 1993.

      Liberation Theology

      Finson, Shelley Davis, ed. Women and Religion: A Bibliographic Guide to Christian Feminist Liberation Theology. Univ. of Toronto Press, 1991.

      Fiorenza, Elizabeth Schüssler, ed. The Power of Naming: A Concilium Reader in Feminist Liberation Theology. Mary Knoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1996.

      The Middle Ages

      Barstow, Anne Llewellyn. Joan of Arc: Heretic, Mystic, Shaman. Edwin Mellen Press, 1986.

      Flanagan, Sabina. Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179: A Visionary Life. Routledge, 1998.


      Gray, Elizabeth Dodson. Sunday School Manifesto: In the Image of Her? Roundtable Press, 1994.

      Hardesty, Nancy A. All We're Meant To Be: Biblical Feminism for Today. (co-authored with Letha Dawson Scanzoni. Waco: Word Books, 1974.

      Hardesty, Nancy A. Great Women of Faith. Brand Rapids: Baker Books, 1980.

      Hardesty, Nancy A. Inclusive Language in the Church. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1987.

      Hardesty, Nancy A. The Memory Book. New York: Presbyterian Publishing House, 1989.

      Hardesty, Nancy A. Women Called to Witness: Evangelical Feminism in the Nineteenth Century. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1984.

      Hardesty, Nancy A. Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Revivalism and Feminism in the Age of Finney. Carlsen Pub., 1991.

      Heyward, Carter. Feminist Christology: An Introduction. Sheridan, to be published 2000.

      Heyward, Carter. Saving Jesus From Those Who Are Right. Fortress, to be published 1999.

      Heyward, Carter. Staying Power: Reflections on Gender, Justice, and Compassion. Pilgrim, 1995.

      Heyward, Carter. When Boundaries Betray Us: Beyond Illusions of What is Ethical in Therapy and Life. Harper San Francisco, 1993; Second Edition to be published 1999.

      Heyward, Carter. Touching Our Strength: The Erotic as Power and the Love of God. Harper and Row,1989.

      Heyward, Carter. Speaking of Christ: A Lesbian Feminist Voice. ed. by Ellen C. Davis. Pilgrim, 1989.

      Heyward, Carter. Our Passion for Justice; Images of Power, Sexuality and Liberation. Pilgrim, 1984.

      Heyward, Carter. The Redemption of God: A Theology of Mutual Relation. University Press of America, 1982; published 1986 by Kruz Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany as Und Sie Rührte Sein Kleide auf, with foreword by Dorothee Sölle; excerpts published and discussed by Luce Irigaray in Le Souffle des Femmes, Paris, 1996.

      Heyward, Carter. A Priest Forever: Formation of a Woman and a Priest. Harper and Row, 1976; to be republished, with New Introduction, 1999.

      Orr, Elaine Neil. Tillie Olsen and a Feminist Spiritual Vision. 1987.

      Prelinger, Catherine M., ed. Episcopal Women: Gender, Spirituality, and Commitment in an American Mainline Denomination. Oxford Univ. Press, 1996.

      Theology in General

      Ansell, Nicholas John. The Woman Will Overcome the Warrior: A Dialogue with the Christian/Feminist Theology of Rosemary Radford Ruether. Univ. Press of America, 1994.

      Fiorenza, Elisabeth Schüssler and Mary Collins, ed. Women - - Invisible in Theology and Church. 1985.

      Pellauer, Mary D. Toward a Tradition of Feminist Theology: The Religious Social Thought of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Anna Howard Shaw. 1991.

      Reuther, Rosemary Radford, ed. Womanguides: Readings Toward a Feminist Theology. 1985.

      Reuther, Rosemary Radford. Women-Church: Theology and Practice of Feminist Liturgical Communities. 1985.

      Say, Elizabeth A. Evidence on Her Own Behalf: Women's Narrative as Theological Voice. Rowman and Littlefield, 1990.

      Selinger, Suzanne. Charlotte von Kirschbaum and Karl Barth: A Study in Biography and the History of Theology. Penn State Press, 1998.

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