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The Feminine Genius of Catholic Theology
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The Feminine Genius of Catholic Theology


T&T Clark 2012

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The Feminine Genius of Catholic Theology introduces Catholic doctrine through the crucible of the women mystics’ reception of the gospel. The work of the great women theologians of the Church’s second millennium has too often been neglected—or relegated to the category of “mysticism”—in textbooks on Catholic doctrine. This is a shame, because their work shows the interior conjunction of liturgical experience, scriptural exegesis, philosophical reflection, and doctrinal and creedal formulation.

Women theologians in this book include Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Simone Weil and others. Drawing on their work, Matthew Levering presents the tenets of Catholic faith in a clear and accessible manner, useful for introductory courses as well as for students and scholars interested in the contributions of women to Catholic theology.

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Key Features

  • Highlights the contributions of women theologians to the Church
  • Brings their work out of the category of “mysticism” and into the realm of Catholic doctrine
  • Focuses on the central themes of Catholic theology


  • Introduction
  • God the Trinity
  • Jesus Christ
  • Creation and Providence
  • Sin
  • Sacraments
  • The Church
  • The Virtues
  • Mary and the Saints
  • Prayer
  • Eternal Life
  • Conclusion

Praise for the Print Edition

The ‘feminine genius’ is a popular phrase in theological parlance but it is rarely given much content. Matthew Levering has managed not only to give it content, but to explain the basic themes in Catholic theology with reference to the contributions of great female saints and theologians. The Feminine Genius of Catholic Theology should be on the reading lists of all Catholic schools and Liberal Arts Colleges.

—Tracey Rowland, dean, John Paul II Institute, Melbourne, Australia

[Levering] knows his sources really well, and shows real skill in laying out their ideas . . . he has produced a book on the ‘feminine genius’ of Catholic women, and it is nice to have their contribution to theology acknowledged so generously.

Church Times

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About Matthew Levering

Matthew Levering earned a PhD from Boston College and is currently professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton. He is the author of Ezra & Nehemiah in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible series, and coauthor of Holy People, Holy Land and Knowing the Love of Christ.

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