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The New Catholic Feminism : Theology, Gender Theory and Dialogue - Tina Beattie

The New Catholic Feminism

Theology, Gender Theory and Dialogue

Paperback Published: 22nd December 2005
ISBN: 9780415301480
Number Of Pages: 375

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Roman Catholicism exerts a continuing influence on the culture and politics of the world's nations, and never more so than on issues of gender and sexuality. If the Catholic church is to continue to be relevant to modern women, it needs to go beyond its traditional anachronistic sexual stereotypes and hierarchies, to present the Gospel in a way that is attentive to the questions, needs and values of the age, without surrendering the central truths of Christian faith.
"New Catholic Feminism" is a radical and dramatic feminist enactment of the Catholic faith. Engaging with feminist theory and postmodern feminist theology, Tina Beattie offers a detailed and often disturbing analysis of Catholic neo-orthodoxy in its representation of gender and sexual difference. Through encounters with thinkers such as Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray, Martin Heidegger and Hans Urs von Balthasar, Beattie explores Catholicism's gendered imagery and sacramentality in the context of language, sexuality, prayer and the body, questioning the assumptions upon which neo-orthodoxy rests in its resistance to women priests, and its theological models of masculinity and femininity. Having confronted the conflict between feminism and the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI, Beattie proposes a new theological approach to the encounter between feminism and Catholicism, for the twenty-first century.

"It is only right that a theologian of Von Balthasar's influence should have a "Devil's Advocate." Tina Beattie's animated discussion will surely be read by all who are interested in his work and in the sexual dynamics of Catholic Christianity."
-Dr. Janet Martin Soskice, Reader in Philosophical Theology, University of Cambridge
"The centrality of gendered, sexual bodies to the life of faith and traditional theology's repression of such have long been the focus of feminist theology. Beattie's book takes the conversation to new levels with her exploration of the crucial role of the psychological - desire, pleasure, fear, terror - in the workings of faith and theology."
-Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Associate Professor of Theology, Divinity School, Duke University
"Beattie insightfully exposes false paths in the all-important quest in religion, as elsewhere, to realize the profound implications of sexuate difference. This timely book is acutely necessary for the efforts to recover a sacramental sense of language, symbol and the female."
-Charlene Spretnak, author of" Missing Mary

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The middlep. 17
Catholicism, feminism and faithp. 19
The Vatican and feminismp. 20
Catholicism and the end of feminism?p. 23
Secular theory and feminist theologyp. 26
The secularization of knowledgep. 29
Feminist bodies and feminist selvesp. 33
The disembodied selfp. 33
Butler's absent Godp. 37
Sex, gender and the secular bodyp. 40
Rethinking essentialismp. 42
The self as giftp. 45
Gender, knowing and beingp. 49
Heidegger and the question of Beingp. 50
Sexual difference, being and languagep. 54
Feminist theology after Heideggerp. 57
Towards a feminist Thomismp. 60
Gendering apophaticismp. 65
Knowledge, desire and prayerp. 68
The secularization of visionp. 70
The problematization of prayerp. 72
Desire and reasonp. 76
Praying as a womanp. 81
The endp. 89
Incarnation, difference and Godp. 91
Balthasar and Irigaray: engendering differencep. 92
Language and embodimentp. 95
Irigaray and the otherness of Godp. 96
Balthasar's theo-dramap. 99
Balthasar and the otherness of womanp. 101
Eve, Mary and the Church as womanp. 103
The end of womanp. 107
Masculinity, femininity and Godp. 112
Acting up: man as material girlp. 113
Sexual difference in eastern and western Christianityp. 117
Sexual difference and the imago Deip. 121
Sexuality and sacramentalityp. 126
Cherchez la femme: gender, Church and priesthoodp. 129
The nuptial significance of the priesthoodp. 130
The Marian and Petrine Churchp. 133
Justifying the male priesthoodp. 137
The sacrament of the bodyp. 139
Sacramentality and the female bodyp. 142
Cherchez l'homme: Balthasar's sexual paradoxesp. 145
Desire, death and the female bodyp. 149
Balthasar's suprasexualityp. 150
Woman, sex and timep. 152
Sex, death and the polarities of human existencep. 155
Kenosis, sex and deathp. 158
Kenosis, masculinity and vulnerabilityp. 161
Sex, death and melodramap. 163
Sexual role models? Hans Urs von Balthasar and Adrienne von Speyrp. 163
Hell and the female bodyp. 167
Balthasar's strugglep. 170
Casta meretrixp. 173
The female sex as otherp. 179
The indictment of theologyp. 182
The beginningp. 185
Being beyond deathp. 187
Befriending deathp. 188
Beyond necrophiliap. 190
Lacan, Heidegger and deathp. 197
Rene Girard: desire and violencep. 201
Girard and the peace of Christp. 204
Maternal beginningsp. 208
The maternal sacrificep. 210
Maternal abjectionp. 212
The maternal subjectp. 215
The incineration of meaningp. 220
Redeeming fatherhoodp. 225
God, suffering and sacrificep. 225
Masculinity and violencep. 229
Christ the dragon-slayerp. 231
Peace and martyrdomp. 233
God's originsp. 234
The compassion of the fatherp. 239
The community of the fatherp. 242
Redeeming motherhoodp. 246
God and the status quop. 246
Balthasar's motherly Godp. 249
Maternity and natalityp. 253
The maternal Churchp. 256
The cosmic motherp. 260
The Church as Evep. 265
Redeeming languagep. 269
The silenced sexp. 269
The body that speaksp. 273
Redeeming the nightmarep. 277
The elemental matrixp. 281
Difference beyond deathp. 284
Theology beyond feminismp. 287
Redeeming sacramentalityp. 290
The fire and the rosep. 292
The knowledge of angelsp. 293
The liturgical bodyp. 298
The maternal priestp. 302
Fecundity and sacrificep. 304
God's grandeur and the body's gracep. 310
Notesp. 312
Bibliographyp. 357
Indexp. 370
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ISBN: 9780415301480
ISBN-10: 0415301483
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 375
Published: 22nd December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 18.06  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1