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The Cross of Christ

Arnfríður Guðmundsdóttir

in Meeting God on the Cross

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780195397963
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827206 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195397963.003.0004

Series: An American Academy of Religion Book

The Cross of Christ

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This chapter explores what it means for a feminist interpretation of the person and work of Christ to focus on the cross as the locus of our knowledge of God. Hence, the question: Is the cross of Christ a symbol of hope or a sign of oppression? Attempting a feminist reconstruction of a theology of the cross, it proposes a twofold purpose for this reconstruction: (1) to show the patriarchal distortion of traditional Christology and (2) to retrieve concealed dimensions in the classical interpretation of the person and work of Christ. It is argued that a theology of the cross can become an important hermeneutical tool when appropriated to unveil the distortion of patriarchal Christology. It can also help demonstrate how the cross of Christ provides an inherent critique of all abuse of power.

Keywords: God; feminist theology; reconstruction; theology of the cross; abuse; traditional Christology

Chapter.  17672 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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