Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference by Margaret D. Kamitsuka

By Margaret D. Kamitsuka

Within the early years of contesting patriarchy within the academy and non secular associations, feminist theology frequently offered itself as a unified entrance, a sisterhood. The time period "feminist theology," notwithstanding, is deceptive. It indicates a novel feminist objective pushed by way of a unified woman cultural id that struggles as a cohesive complete opposed to patriarchal dominance. Upon nearer inspection, the voice of feminist theology is in reality a refrain of diverging views, every one educated by means of quite a few person and communal reviews, and an embattled scholarly box, marked by way of the results of privilege and tool imbalances. This complexity increases an immense query: How can feminist theologians appreciate the irreducible range of women's studies and unmask entrenched kinds of privilege in feminist theological discourse?In Feminist Theology and the problem of distinction, Margaret D. Kamitsuka urges the feminist theological group to check seriously its so much deeply held commitments, assumptions, and goals-especially these of feminist theologians writing from positions of privilege as white or heterosexual girls. targeting women's event as portrayed in literature, biblical narrative, and ethnographic writing, Kamitsuka examines the assumptions of feminist theology concerning race and sexuality. She proposes theoretical instruments that feminist theologians can hire to spot and optimistically keep away from the imposition of racial or sexual hegemony, hence delivering necessary complexity to the movement's identification, and eventually contributing to present and destiny Christian theological issues.Blending poststructuralist and postcolonial theoretical assets with feminist and queer matters, Feminist Theology and the problem of distinction makes positive theological proposals, starting from sin to christology. The textual content calls feminist theologians to a extra rigorous self-critical method as they proceed to form the altering face of Christian theological discourse.

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First, I argue that a ‘‘postliberal’’ rule theory approach to doctrine allows us to see how contemporary feminist theologies that are ostensibly disconnected from the creedal tradition (and possibly even at odds with each other) are regulatively instantiating a stream of that tradition in diverse ways. Having established a formal rule theory connection to a common creedal tradition, we can see that productive negotiations with the tradition’s heavily disciplinary aspects are possible and even well underway.

Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you’ve found It’’ (CP, 202–203). 14 32 feminist theology and the challenge of difference Although Hampson is on target in identifying the nonanthropomorphic orientation of Shug’s spirituality, I would argue that Hampson reads that spirituality through a too exclusively white feminist interpretive grid and thus misses the meaning that Shug’s words might carry for many African American women readers.

Delores Williams’s and Emilie Townes’s readings of The Color Purple, which model some aspects of this kind of hermeneutical approach, stand in contrast to Hampson’s. ’’21 In other words, Celie’s moral and spiritual liberation takes place in the context of racial marginalization. ’’23 Townes lauds this new spirituality, which not only clearly indicts a white racist God but also transcends any particular image of God as male or female by presenting God as living Spirit. She heralds Walker’s portrayal of Celie’s spiritual journey as paving ‘‘the way for a new understanding of God for Black children, men and women .

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