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A Feminist Perspective

Pamela Sue Anderson

in The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195340136
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195340136.003.0030

Series: Oxford Handbooks

A Feminist Perspective

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A feminist perspective on religious diversity goes to the very heart of the movement and waves of feminism, and it faces an inherent paradox of identity and diversity. A feminist must claim an identity; at the same time, diversity is the reality generated from the differences among individual women and among groups of women. When it comes to debates about religious diversity, a significant common issue for our global world is the question of the salvation, liberation, or fulfillment of human beings. Religious diversity raises a question that religions share but that each gives conflicting answers to what is wrong with humanity, and how it can be solved. A feminist perspective raises a similar but gender-critical question, exposing the gender bias in the humanity problem of religions. This article analyzes religious diversity from a feminist perspective, religious exclusivism, and myth and imagination in the pursuit of truth.

Keywords: feminism; religious diversity; women; religions; salvation; liberation; humanity; gender bias; truth; religious exclusivism

Article.  7065 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Comparative Religion ; Religious Studies

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