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Feminist Theology and the Global Imagination

Serene Jones

in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199273881
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199273881.003.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Feminist Theology and the Global Imagination

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This chapter presents an account of what feminist theology is and how it might help us understand and engage with our globalizing world. The first section provides a non-faith-specific definition of feminist theology as an intracultural activist enterprise aimed at exploring the landscape of religious imagination from a feminist perspective, and also lays out a few of feminist theology's most distinctive “plays of imagination.” The second section turns to faith-informed, Christian feminist theology, describing it as a more narrowly focused activist enterprise that explores the landscape of the distinctly Christian theological imagination from a feminist perspective. Its distinctive “plays of mind” are delineated as well. The third section turns to the topic of globalization and maps out the central features of “the global imagination,” describing the ways in which globalization has impacted and shifted our thinking processes in recent decades, particularly in the global North. The final section returns to Christian feminist theology (and to pluralistic feminist theology as well), suggesting ways its faith imagination—its theological plays of mind—might productively engage the global imagination with the aim of improving, in new and creative ways, the lives of women everywhere.

Keywords: globalization; intracultural activism; feminists; religious imagination; Christian feminist theology; global imagination; faith

Article.  14283 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion ; Interfaith Relations

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