Trinity and the ‘Feminine Other’

Janet Martin Soskice

in The Kindness of God

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780198269502
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683657 | DOI:
Trinity and the ‘Feminine Other’

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This chapter examines the doctrine of the Trinity and the literature regarding the styling of ‘woman as a man's other’. The first part of the chapter discusses the various views on feminism. In Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, the problem is that a woman has autonomous freedom but she finds herself in a world in which men force her to assume herself as the ‘Other’. The view that the texts of philosophy are ‘sexed’ are shown to be more convincing using Jean-Joseph Goux's ‘The Phallus: Masculine Identity and the Exchange of Women’. The second part of the chapter looks into the doctrine of Trinity. It also suggests feminizing the Spirit to offset the language of fatherhood and sonship right into the eternal life of God. The chapter concludes that the doctrine of Trinity still tells nothing about sexual difference.

Keywords: The Second Sex; sexual difference; Trinity; sexual difference; de Beauvoir; Jena-Jospeh Goux; feminism; Spirit

Chapter.  7741 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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