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Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing

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Now in paperback--the most significant work of an internationally acclaimed author and teacher. Sifting through the legacy of Christian and Western history, Ruether traces the development of beliefs and ethics that define our relationship with each other and the earth. At once provocative and inspiring, the author's insights assert an ecofeminist vision of a healed world.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 7th 1994 by HarperOne (first published March 15th 1992)
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First off- she HATED the titled and it was pushed on her.

This is a very interesting discussion about how myth shapes culture for better and worse. In particular it is about how the transition from myths of nurturing mother-like deities are replaced with increasingly detached male constructors. It forms our world paradigm and gives us a model (even a subconscious one) of how to live in relation to our world.

Ruether gives examples throughout history and leads us through a philosophical discussion
Feb 13, 2013 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing
This book wasn't at all what I thought, in a good way. I haven't thought much about world creation/destruction stories, the cultures in which they originated, or the other stories being told at the time, and this book serves as a history of those religious and cultural stories. Ruether connects feminism and Christian theology to the importance of creation and stewardship. I don't 100% agree with her connections but that's not really the point here- it definitely made me think.
Jan 25, 2016 Rae rated it it was amazing
Gaia and God took a loooong while to get through. The topics of discussion are important and the author's take impressive, but it is a very dense read, and there is a lot to process.

Still, I'd say this book will be one of the rare few that I purchase as it will remain integral to my religious path. No wonder this was a UU recommended book.
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Aug 25, 2008 Chivs Montgomery rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Feminist/Classsical Studies Enthusiasts
If you are a feminist that enjoys classical literature or studies, you will thoroughly enjoy this book!!!
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Jan 16, 2016 Courtney Johnson rated it did not like it
I had to read this book for my religion class. It is EXTREMELY boring. I could not make it through most chapters. Ruether states her main opinions in basic words, but then goes on to give lengthy explanations, more opinions or history lessons.
Apr 29, 2016 KEITH rated it it was amazing
Even better than I thought It'd be. Covered more ground than I had imagined. Best book I have read this year. Highly recommended.
Mar 15, 2010 April rated it liked it
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I wish I hadn't gone to Haiti in the middle of this book. It was a rather large interuption in the flow. Still, interesting. For those of you who would not want to read it based solely on the title, I think you should anyway. She has a lot to say about the good and bad of our traditions (Hebrew and Greek and secular). She also starts to recommend a way forward out of subjugation of the other (whomever or whatever that may be).
Aug 02, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
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Theology was interesting but I found it dry on the visuals. What I've learned: Egalitarian is the only way to heal and nurture of precious home and families.
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“These three creation stories were shaped in the patriarchal, slave-holding world of early urban civilization in the eastern Mediterranean of the second and first millennia M.C.E. In the Babylonian story that urban world is still new and precarious. Another world, not under male/human control, stands as the earlier beginning, ruled by a huge theriomorphic Great Mother, who gestated all things, gods and cosmic beings, in the mingled waters of her womb. The story mandates her dethronement, and with it a demotion of the female from primal power to secondary consort.
Slavery is a central institution mandated by this story.”
“We do not have thousands of years to unlearn the wrong patters that were established over thousands of years. The exponential speed-up of these cumulative patterns of destruction means we have to both learn new patterns and put them into practice on a global scale within the next generation.” 2 likes
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