Feminist Theology

Joy Ann McDougall

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Feminist Theology


In the simplest terms, patriarchy describes a social organization in which power lies in the hands of the dominant man or men over and against ranks of others, especially women, who are subordinated to men's authority in the home, the church, and the public sphere. The sin of patriarchy brings with it its most faithful companion: sexism. One can analyse what has happened in feminist theologies of sin to date by observing how the doctrine of sin has migrated from modern theological anthropology to other doctrinal locations. This allows not only investigation of the major feminist reconstructions of the doctrine of sin, but also the detection of their ripple effects within the whole enterprise of feminist theology. This article describes three such migrations of feminist sin-talk: first, a migration to the doctrine of redemption or liberation; second, to that of creation; and third, within the realm of theological anthropology itself.

Keywords: feminist theology; feminist debate; sin; patriarchy; sexism; liberation; theological anthropology

Article.  7914 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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