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Religious Feminism and the Future of the Planet: A Buddhist-Christian Conversation
"At its heart," Frederick Buechner once wrote, "most theology, like most fiction, is essentially autobiography." That is true of this book in a very explicit way. Rita Gross and Rosemary Radford Ruether have long been known for their feminist contributions to Buddhism and Christianity, respectively. In this book, they talk candidly about what their respective traditions me ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published March 1st 2001)
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This is the most inspiring book I have ever read, so far. I learned tremendously from the conversations of these two feminist scholars. It is of great fun to walk through the reflections and criticisms each had to offer regarding their own religious practices and their relations to the world at large. It is also very comforting to know that religious conversation could be this open, honest and profound. It is very satisfying to watch two great intellects manifesting their own wisdom in their own ...more
A worthwhile read, for anyone interested in interfaith dialogue, feminism, environmental justice, and activism. The most illuminating aspects of the book, for me, were the autobiographical accounts, of how each author (Buddhist, Christian) journeyed to her current spirituality, and struggled with sexism within and without the tradition the whole way. It was moving and resonant to hear how each woman sought to empower herself through faith and also renovate aspects of the tradition she cared deep ...more