A Womanist Experience

Renee Mckenzie

in The Experience of God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225187
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237135 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

A Womanist Experience

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Unlike some postmodern feminists, Kristine Culp wants to reclaim, at least for feminist theology, the intrinsic and extrinsic value of experience in saying something meaningful to ourselves and others about God and our self. If there is no middle ground between participation and separation, how do we engage any experience not our own? This chapter considers the nature of the experience useful for theological reflection as shared by Culp. The first observation is this: experience, as she describes it, is individual and unique. Situating experience as singular and individual does not shield one from the possibility of universalization. This question of how experience might be useful as a method for avoiding essentialism is of particular interest to many scholars, especially womanist scholars. There is a sense in which our experience is always more than that which belongs solely to the individual. In sharing it, and sometimes also just in the living of it, our experience becomes a part of the collective whole.

Keywords: God; experience; reflection; feminist theology; Kristine Culp; participation; separation; universalization; essentialism

Chapter.  2284 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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