Dueling Realisms

Rebekah L. Miles

in The Bonds of Freedom

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195144161
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834495 | DOI:

Series: An American Academy of Religion Book

 Dueling Realisms

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This final chapter points toward an alternative position that critically retrieves the realisms of Rosemary Radford Ruether, Sharon Welch, and Reinhold Niebuhr, and finds a middle way between the idealistic realism about moral grounding found in Ruether and some early feminists, and the radically relative political realism of Welch and some other postmodern feminists. This alternative joins an appeal to human self‐transcendence and divine transcendence with an affirmation of human boundedness and divine presence. At the same time, it takes seriously, Ruether's turn to creation and Welch's turn to community. In this alternative model – a feminist Christian realism – the author hopes to maintain both substantive grounding for moral claims and critical judgment of them.

Keywords: Christian realism; divine presence; divine transcendence; feminism; feminist Christian realism; human boundedness; human self‐transcendence; idealistic realism; moral claims; Reinhold Niebuhr; political realism; relative political realism; Rosemary Radford Ruether; Sharon Welch

Chapter.  4782 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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