Many women today are looking for deeper ways to know themselves and to connect with God, two forms of knowledge that are intrinsically linked. Unfortunately, many of these women have become frustrated with traditional religion's inability to reflect their real lives, turning instead to alternate spiritualities that purport to honor a woman's experience. In this post-feminist interpretation of Christianity, Lilian Calles Barger challenges both Christian tradition and feminist trends in spirituality to provide a fresh and inspiring look at divine wisdom, opening women's awareness to the voice of God in the world.
Lilian Calles Barger (www.lilianbarger.com) is the founder of the Damaris Project (www.damarisproject.org) —an organization providing resources for women to start meaningful conversations in their communities. She is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and currently works as a writer and frequent speaker on the intersection of the teachings of Jesus and contemporary cultural issues. She is the author of Eve's Revenge: Women and a Spirituality of the Body.
Barger, founder of the Damaris Project and author of the highly regarded Eve's
Revenge, tackles the tricky subject of feminine Christian spirituality. In
order to make room for femininity in a seemingly patriarchal religion, she
reclaims the early church's understanding of "Jesus as the Sophia of God." By
affirming women's ways of knowing and describing the places where women can
locate wisdom (and thus connect with Jesus), Barger simultaneously explores an
ancient Christian wisdom tradition and argues that Christianity can speak to
women today. Throughout, she renders complex claims about epistemology in
felicitous prose, claiming that authentic Christianity encourages people to
listen to their bodies and to honor the Earth as something that "displays
God's wisdom." Barger also affirms Scripture as a storehouse of wisdom. She
asks readers to consider biblical stories from women's points of view, but
suggests that doing so doesn't reveal a radically different story: from any
perspective, the Bible's "essence... remains God's redemption of humanity."
Sometimes, Barger becomes a little predictable what's new about pointing to
Dorothy Day and Mary Magdalene as great Christian models of strong women? But
other observations e.g., to take Sue Monk Kidd's questions seriously, but
answer them in terms that will resonate with traditional Christian readers are
novel indeed. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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