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Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender

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In this book Sarah Coakley confronts a central paradox of theological feminism - what she terms 'the paradox of power and vulnerability'.

Confronts a central paradox of theological feminism - what Coakley terms 'paradox of power and vulnerability'.
Explores this issue through the perspective of spiritual practice, philosophical enquiry and doctrinal analysis.
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Paperback, 196 pages
Published March 12th 2002 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published January 18th 2002)
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Glenn Wishnew III
Magisterial.
Chris
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This collection, even a decade-plus after its publication in this form, feels utterly fresh. Coakley is a Cambridge lady, no question. Her bridging of patristic and systematic theology with analytic philosophy of religion and critical theory makes the moves that, by now, we've come to expect. As the Radical Orthodox have grown reactionary and predictable, and subsequent trends in feminist constructive theology have pushed further into poetry and pluralism, Coakley's flexible and original orthodo ...more
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Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Sarah Coakley has quickly become one of my favorite theologians. Her recent God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay 'On the Trinity' is a brilliant and creative contribution to systematic theology. The current book, Powers and Submissions would be very helpful to read prior to God, Sexuality, and the Self though I read it afterward.

It is comprised of essays published in various journals, books, or presented at conferences. While this kind of book can contain disparate arguments with little conne
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Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is an at times very technical collection of essays. I often love reading theology, and even with some practice, this was still a challenging read. But, on the other hand, it is a collection of essays, so you get a "restart" at the beginning of each chapter.

The essays themselves, as you'd expect, have quite a variety of subjects, but also as you'd expect from the title of the book, themes emerge. One not in the title is the great importance of the early Christian theologian Gregory of Nyssa.
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Aeisele
Feb 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Having sat under her lecturing at Harvard, I was excited to finally read some more of her essays. She is a very clear theologian, and has this huge scope and vision to her thinking, ranging from patristics to feminist theory, doctrinal issues to practical spirituality.
Noelle
Jul 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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I think what i most appreciate about this book is her struggle to understand "kenosis" as something that is not synonymous with a destructive self-sacrifice.
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Sarah Coakley is a theologian, philosopher of religion and a priest of the Church of England. She is Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

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