Christian Goddess Spirituality: Enchanting Christianity by Mary Ann Beavis

By Mary Ann Beavis

This monograph makes a speciality of "Christian Goddess Spirituality" (CGS), the phenomenon of (mostly) girls who mix Christianity and Goddess Spirituality, together with Wicca/Witchcraft. Mary Ann Beavis’s research presents ethnographic info and research at the lived non secular event of CGS practitioners, drawing on interviews of over a hundred ladies who self-identify as combining Christianity and Goddess spirituality. even if CGS additionally has implications for Goddess Spirituality and comparable traditions (e.g., Neopaganism, Wicca), right here, CGS is taken into account essentially as a phenomenon inside Christianity. despite the fact that, the examine additionally indicates that the fusion of Christian and Goddess spiritualties has had an effect on non-Christian feminist spirituality, considering the fact that Goddess-worshippers have usually built Christianity because the diametrical contrary and enemy of the Goddess, to the purpose that a few refuse to confess the chance that CGS is a sound non secular course, or that it's even attainable. In addition, biblical, Jewish and Christian images of the divine reminiscent of Sophia, Shekhinah, the Virgin Mary, or even Mary Magdalene, have discovered their manner into the "Pagan" Goddess pantheon.

The major subject matters of the learn contain: overlaps and modifications among Christian feminist theology and CGS; the routes to CGS for person practitioners, and their ideals, practices and stories; proto-denominational classifications ("spiritual paths") inside of CGS; CGS thealogy (Christian discourse concerning the girl divine); and the way forward for CGS in social medical and ecclesiological context. Christian Goddess Spirituality will be of curiosity to students of faith, in particular people with pursuits in ladies and faith, feminist spiritualities, feminist theology/thealogy, substitute spiritualities, New spiritual hobbies, and emergent Christianities.

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89. 90. 91. 92. 93. 94. 95. 96. org/. All websites accessed September 20, 2013. Carol P. Christ, “Why Women Need the Goddess: Phenomenologial, Psychological, and Political Reflections,” Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion (ed. Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow; New York: Harper & Row, 1979), 273–86. Christ, “Goddess,” 274, citing Clifford Geertz, “Religion as a Cultural System,” Reader in Comparative Religion (ed. William L. Lessa and Evon V. Vogt; 2nd edn; New York: Harper and Row, 1972), 206.

32. 33. 34. 35. 36. The Religious Roots of CGS Ibid. Ibid. Ibid. , 112–13. , 113. , 113–14. , 114. Ibid. , 96. , 114. , 90. For example, Starhawk, Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex and Politics (Boston: Beacon, 1982, 1988), 187, notes that “estimates of the actual number of Witches executed range from 100,000 to 9,000,000” (citing feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether, New Woman, New Earth: Sexist Ideologies and Human Liberation [New York: Seabury, 1975], 11). , 186. Asphodel Long, In a Chariot Drawn by Lions: The Search for Female in Deity (Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1993), 310–41.

In response to a request for elaboration on this point by one of the anonymous referees of this manuscript: I am not a “spiritual person” in that I’m not naturally drawn to pursuits such as prayer, meditation, church attendance, spiritual reading, etc. I can go for weeks or months without engaging in any of them, except in connection with my research. Membership in a religious or spiritual Origins of the Project 25 community is not an important aspect of my life at present, although it has been in the past and might be in the future.

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