Goddess and God in the World

Author: Carol P. Christ
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1506401198
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In Goddess and God in the World, leading theologians Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow debate the nature of divinity, proposing a new method called embodied theology. They agree that the transcendent, omnipotent male God of traditional theology must be reimagined. Carol proposes that Goddess is the intelligent embodied love that is in all being. Judith counters that God is an impersonal power of creativity that includes both good and evil. Rooting their views in experience and questioning each other, they offer a fruitful model of theological conversation across difference.

Ephesians

Author: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 0814681999
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Ephesians is a “mystery” text that seeks to make known the multifarious Wisdom of G*d. At its heart is the question of power. In this commentary, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza examines the political understandings of ekkl­esia and household in Ephesians as well as the roles that such understandings have played in the formation of early Christian communities and that still shape such communities today. By paying close attention to the function of androcentric biblical language within Ephesians, Schüssler Fiorenza engages in a critical feminist emancipatory approach to biblical interpretation that calls for conscientization and change, that is, for the sake of wo/men’s salvation or wellbeing.

The Obligated Self

Author: Mara H. Benjamin
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253034345
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Mara H. Benjamin contends that the physical and psychological work of caring for and rearing children, for centuries the province of women, is theologically fruitful but a largely unexplored terrain for feminists. Attending to the constant, concrete, and urgent needs of children, she notes, necessitates engaging with profound questions concerning the responsible use of power in unequal relationships, the transformative influence of love, human fragility and vulnerability, and the embeddedness of self in relationships and obligations. Benjamin focuses on how parents and children negotiate these issues as Jews and how these relationships advance Jewish theological, ethical, and existential inquiry. Viewing child-rearing as an embodied practice, Benjamin’s theological reflection invites a profound reengagement with key Jewish theological thinkers such as Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Emmanuel Levinas. Her contemporary feminist stance forges a convergence between Jewish theological anthropology and the demands of parental caregiving.

A Serpentine Path

Author: Carol P. Christ
Publisher: FAR Press
ISBN: 1457545969
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A Serpentine Path: Mysteries of the Goddess is Carol P. Christ’s moving memoir of her journey from death to rebirth and regeneration, culminating on the first Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete. Having left behind the male God of traditional religion who rules the world from outside it, Christ hopes that the Goddess can help her manifest her heart’s desires. Deeply disappointed, she discovers the Goddess as a personal presence who is always with her and every other individual in the world, but whose power is not omnipotence. The mystery of the Goddess is revealed at the ancient site of Kato Zakros in Crete as the dance of life: a serpentine path with no beginning and no end, into the darkness, into the light, and back again. Thea-logy, reflection on the meaning of Goddess, emerges from and takes root in a woman’s embodied experience, inspiring others to join the dance.

Amor und Psyche

Author: Apuleius
Publisher: Musaicum Books
ISBN: 8027213983
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Nachdem Charite entführt worden ist, erzählt ihr die alte Haushälterin der Räuber, um sie von ihrem Leid abzulenken, die Geschichte vom Gott Amor und der Königstochter Psyche, deren Name das griechische Wort für "Seele" ist. Psyche ist die jüngste und schönste der drei Töchter eines Königs. Wegen ihrer außerordentlichen Schönheit wird sie wie die Göttin Venus verehrt und sogar für eine Verkörperung der Göttin gehalten, was den Neid der Venus erregt. Venus beauftragt ihren Sohn Amor, dafür zu sorgen, dass sich die sterbliche Rivalin in den verächtlichsten und unglücklichsten aller Männer verliebt. Wegen Psyches außerordentlicher Schönheit wagt es niemand, um ihre Hand anzuhalten; im Gegensatz zu ihren älteren Schwestern bleibt sie allein. Der König befragt dazu das Orakel des Gottes Apollon. Der Gott gibt Anweisung, das Mädchen als Braut zu schmücken und auf einen Gebirgsfelsen zu stellen; dann werde ein schreckliches Untier herbeifliegen und sie zur Frau nehmen. Traurig folgen ihre Eltern dem Orakelspruch. Das Monster erscheint aber nicht, sondern ein sanfter Wind trägt Psyche hinab ins Tal, wo sie einschläft. Apuleius (123/170) war ein antiker Schriftsteller, Redner und Philosoph (Mittelplatoniker). Seinen andauernden Ruhm verdankt er seinem Hauptwerk, dem lateinischen Roman Metamorphosen, auch bekannt als Der goldene Esel, der zur Weltliteratur gezählt wird. Die Interpretation des Romans, der wegen seiner Vielschichtigkeit zahlreiche Rätsel aufgibt, gehört zu den schwierigsten Aufgaben der Klassischen Philologie.

God Loves the Stranger

Author: Sheila Peltz Weinberg
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781887043328
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How to find peace and harmony in an unsettled world.You. Me. The person down the street or halfway around the globe. In this inspiring collection of stories, blessings, poetry, divine teachings, and meditation exercises, Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg conveys a single, powerful message: Let us not be strangers. God loves us all.Using a blend of ancient and modern ideas, God Loves the Stranger carves a clear pathway that enables us to learn how to love one another and create just societies. From teaching us how to handle suffering and aversion in positive, productive ways; how to learn creative skills for mindfulness, meditation, and retreat practice; and how to bring the roots of love and gratitude into our everyday lives, this book is a comprehensive tutorial for navigating today's interpersonal and situational challenges with grace, spiritual fulfillment, and understanding. It offers tender, thought-provoking insight into the awareness that we are not--are never--alone; and that neither are our family members, our friends, or the strangers everywhere in the world.This lovely book comes along at just the right moment. The author has much wisdom to share for these difficult times about how to connect embracing the stranger within--our fears, vulnerabilities, and self-deceptions--with welcoming strangers without, whether they be those near to us or far away.--Judith PlaskowProfessor Emerita of Religious Studies at Manhattan College and author of Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology

Zelot

Author: Reza Aslan
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644039119
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Das Christentum verehrt Jesus von Nazaret als sanften Hirten, dessen Reich nicht von dieser Welt sei. Aber entspricht dieses Bild der historischen Realität? Kann es den grausamen Kreuzestod plausibel erklären? Der amerikanische Religionswissenschaftler Reza Aslan meint: nein. Sein Buch, das in den USA für einen Skandal sorgte, versucht zu ergründen, wer Jesus war, bevor es das Christentum gab. Es ist das fesselnde, brillant erzählte Porträt eines Mannes voller Widersprüche, einer Epoche voll religiöser Inbrunst und blutiger Kämpfe und einer Weltreligion im Werden.