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Augsburg Fortress Women’s Studies Collection (4 vols.)

by 4 authors Cooper-White, Pamela, Streufert, Mary, Fiorenza, Elisabeth Schussler, Ruether, Rosemary Radford

Fortress Press 2010–2012

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Gathering Interest
Augsburg Fortress Women’s Studies Collection (4 vols.)
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Gender, Theology & Justice

The Augsburg Fortress Women’s Studies Collection includes four volumes on gender justice and feminist and liberation theologies. It highlights emerging female theologians who have challenged historical theology’s patriarchal paradigm. Providing a theological and practical approach to gender justice, the collection illustrates what the church’s response should be—and where the church has made progress—in protecting abused women. It analyzes gender and redemption in the New Testament, Patristic era, and twentieth century. A systematic and contemporary approach is given to Lutheran feminist, womanist, and mujerista theologies, covering such topics as God and humanity, sin and grace, the work and person of Christ, and more.

Essential for students, scholars, pastors, and laypeople, this informative collection brings fresh perspectives on feminist theologies. With the Logos Bible Software edition, searching by topic or Scripture reference will further help your understanding—you’ll compare, for example, various scholars’ and denominations’ views on feminism and gender justice.

Key Features

  • Analyzes feminist, womanist, mujerista, liberation, and redemption theologies
  • Addresses what the church can do to protect women from violence

Individual Titles

The Cry of Tamar: Violence against Women and the Church’s Response

  • Author: Pamela Cooper-White
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 352

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this comprehensive, practical, and gripping assessment of various forms of violence against women, Pamela Cooper-White challenges the Christian churches to examine their own responses to the cry of Tamar in our time. She describes specific forms of such violence and outlines appropriate pastoral responses.

The second edition of this groundbreaking work is thoroughly updated and examines not only where the church has made progress since 1995 but also where women remain at unchanged or even greater risk of violence.

Pamela Cooper-White’s The Cry of Tamar in 1995 quickly became a standard text on gender justice in the US churches. In spite of significant increases in local and global social activism to end violence against women, the epidemic continues, supported by a backlash of religious patriarchal forces. This revised edition is required reading for all pastors and laity concerned about gender equity in the churches.

—James Newton Poling, emeritus professor, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

The Cry of Tamar encourages the church to step forward with courage to address the serious issue of violence against women. It is theological and practical, inviting pastoral leaders and congregations to utilize the healing forces of faith and community towards both survivors and perpetrators of violence.

—Teresa E. Snorton, bishop, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Fifth District

Cooper-White’s original, incisive, and articulate practical theology of various forms of violence against women remains timely and relevant. While her focus is still on violence against women in the United States, she describes global developments in how violence against women has received increased attention throughout the world. In the second edition we gain another voice: the basso profundo of wisdom and compassion distilled over her many years of scholarship, teaching and clinical work. The Cry of Tamar continues to be a primary textbook on violence against women: a book that must be read by anyone in religious leadership who wants to break cycles of violence against women and the church’s silence about such violence.

—Carrie Doehring, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling, Iliff School of Theology

Pamela Cooper-White is the Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is author of Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective.

Transformative Lutheran Theologies: Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Perspectives

  • Editor: Mary Streufert
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 272

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The first of its kind, this book is a systematic representation of Lutheran feminist, womanist, and mujerista theologies: systematic, in that it addresses classical loci of systematic theology; contemporary, in that it is resoundingly constructive and relevant for the contemporary church; and feminist, in that the contributors reflect a variety of positions within feminist discourse.

The contributors to this multiauthored work share a common commitment to Lutheran theology as a continual process of reform. Luther is a partner in the conversation because of his “theological insights and commitment to faithful criticism,” which the writers seek to continue—not because his voice “settles a debate.” The book focuses on central themes that Luther addressed and that are representative of Lutheranism today, including justification by grace through faith and Luther’s theology of the cross. From diverse contexts, these Lutheran theologians, like Luther, seek reformation by “giving voice to new perspectives in theology that continue to transform the church and the world.”

A remarkable addition to the rich history of Lutheran theology. Not only have these theologians opened doors to fresh, new worlds of Lutheran thought, they’ve done so in a way that honors the past—by extending it forward. I can’t wait to use Transformative Lutheran Theologies in class. I’ve been waiting 20 years for a text like this. Imagine teaching Luther’s thought and placing it side by side with these cutting–edge essays. Luther would no doubt be proud—maybe even a bit envious.

—Serene Jones, president of the faculty, Union Theological Seminary, New York

Mary J. Streufert is the director of Justice for Women, a Church in Society Program Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Transforming Vision: Explorations in Feminist The*logy

  • Author: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 242

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Drawing from a career of pioneering scholarship, Schüssler Fiorenza situates the critical feminist theory that has characterized her work in the praxis of liberation. These pathbreaking essays challenge academic and ecclesiastical theologians to embrace critical theory and the analysis of overlapping oppressions in their work. Transforming Vision seeks to free theology from the disciplinary constraints that allow acquiescence to and perpetuation of oppression.

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza is the Krister Stendhal Professor at Harvard Divinity School, a founding editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and an author of many important and influential works, among them In Memory of Her, Bread not Stone, Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet, and The Power of the Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire. She is the editor of Searching the Scriptures, a feminist introduction and commentary.

Women and Redemption: A Theological History

  • Author: Rosemary Radford Ruether
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 332

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Rosemary Radford Ruether’s authoritative, award-winning critique of women’s unequal standing in the church, which explored the complex history of redemption in evaluating conflict over the fundamental meaning of the Christian Gospel for gender relations, is now in an updated and expanded edition. Ruether highlights women theologians’ work to challenge the patriarchal paradigm of historical theology and present redemption linked to the liberation of women. Ruether turns her attention to the situation of women globally and how the growing plurality of women’s voices from multicultural and multireligious contexts articulates feminist liberation theology today.

In Women and Redemption: A Theological History, Rosemary Radford Ruether offers a wealth of information; she also models feminist pedagogy by providing questions and bibliography for further research, inviting students and scholars to participate in ongoing theological and historical reconstruction. Additions to the second edition emphasize the central importance of “the plurality of cultural and social contexts” for women’s theological reflection, charting the emergence of feminist theology in Western Europe, North America, and the Third and Fourth Worlds. Women and Redemption is a tour de force, an essential text for understanding women’s theological reflection throughout the centuries of Christianity and around the world.

—Margaret R. Miles, dean, The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

It is 10 years since Ruether published this magisterial historical work on Women and Redemption and 30 years since Ruether’s theological pen began to influence the theological world. Encountering the new edition the reader is again struck by the scholarly research and historical comprehensiveness, by the injustice of the many contexts that denied full humanity to women, and by the sheer drama of the spirited struggles of many women to be heard in church and society. We are grateful to Ruether for her sensitivity to readers and students for making this text so accessible; but we stand greatly in her debt for her ability to move discerningly through new cultural, political, and theological currents: from liberation theology’s intercontinental developments of the last 30 years, Ruether’s analysis now moves us to the post-colonial marginalized Fourth World bringing new voices into the conversation. Responding to these oppressed groups and nations challenges rigid boundaries and assumptions, awakening us to the complexities and multidimensional oppressions that must be faced. The redemption story goes on and for this analysis we are indebted to the penetrating insights of Rosemary Ruether.

—Mary Grey, visiting professor, St Mary’s University College

Rosemary Radford Ruether is a visiting professor of feminist theology at the Claremont School of Theology at Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of numerous influential works in feminist theology and theological history and the editor of many others. Her recent works include Feminist Theologies: Legacy and Prospect and Many Forms of Madness: A Family’s Struggle with Mental Illness and the Mental Health System.

Product Details

  • Title: Augsburg Fortress Women’s Studies Collection
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,198