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Goddess and God in the World: Why Feminist Theology Matters
Wed 26 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Goddess and God in the World: Why Feminist Theology Matters is the second lecture from the ITP "Exploring Aspects of the Feminine Divine" series.
Goddess is the intelligent embodied love that is in all being. Feminist Theology matters not only because it affirms the minds, spirits, and bodies of one-half of the human race, but also because it affirms that this world is our true home and that human beings are connected to all other beings in the web of life.
Carol P. Christ is a founding voice in the study of women and religion and the author of the first Goddess thealogy, Rebirth of the Goddess and most recently Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology with Judith Plaskow and A Serpentine Path: Mysteries of the Goddess. She has run for regional and national office with the Green Party Greece.
Background to the Series
Anthropologists are now, in large number, content to accept that millennia before God was understood as male that cultures based in the notions of female divinity thrived. This appears to be true throughout the world and indeed traces of such a way of thinking remain in many cultures today.
The story of a shift from Goddess spirituality to that of God consciousness is a complex one which encompasses many social and psychological changes as well as religious and theological ones. The main change was a move from relationality and the web of all living things to a dualistic view of the world and the exclusions that follow from such a view. The Institute for Theological Partnerships would like to bring some of these issues to your attention and to advocate a reconnection with what has been lost.
Contemporary thealogians suggest that when Goddess spirituality is embraced there is not only a protest against the exclusions of women, nature and other marginalised ‘others’ but a different way of thinking and acting is embodied that lends itself to the flourishing of all life.
ITP is delighted to welcome three of the most exciting thinkers in this field for its mini-series addressing just some of the issues raised by this fundamentally different way of being.
23 March 2017 Travelling with Goddesses - Thealogy and a Posthuman world Dr Ruth Mantin, Senior Lecturer, University of Chichester
26 April 2017 Goddess and God in the World: Why Feminist Theology Matters Carol P Christ , Ph.D, theologian and author
3 May 2017 The Great Challenge of Our Time: Defining a New Story Anne Baring MA Oxon, author and Jungian analyst