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A guide to finding information for this flagged interdisciplinary Core course, and for others working on issues related to women and religion.

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Women and Religion

Women's involvement with religion goes back to Eve, although there were some women with recognized theological authority (e.g. Mary Magdalen and Catherine of Siena in Christianity), recognized formal scholarship by women in the West had to wait until modern times. Feminist theology rose as a natural outgrowth of the women's movement of the 1960s beginning slowly, but eventually moving into areas like the womanist and mujerista movements here, and movements in many world religions as well.  This guide is meant to help find information about this growing field and its complexities, new outgrowths and areas of exploration.

Dao Master

The Seven Masters of Quanzhen

Changchun Temple, Wuhan

Portrays Sun Bu'er 孫不二 and her fellows, being taught
by their Taoist master, Wang Chongyang 重陽子
photo: Wikimedia Commons


A New Beginning?

"Mary was more important than the Apostles, bishops, and so women in the Church are also more important than bishops and priests. There is a great need for theology to better explore the role of women in the Church."

                                                                                - Pope Francis
                                                                                  28 July, 2013
                                                              (Quoted in The Tidings, 2 August 2013, pg. 3)

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