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The Bonds of Freedom: Feminist Theology and Christian Realism

Rebekah L. Miles


Feminist theologians have commonly identified Reinhold Niebuhr's Christian realism as a prime example of a patriarchal theological ethic that promotes domination. In this study, the author claims that Niebuhr's thought can be usefully appropriated and revised in service of a new ethic – a feminist Christian realism. This new ethic is offered as an answer to the loss of moral grounding and critical judgment within some North American feminist theologies. She contends that an increasingly radical feminist emphasis on divine immanence and human boundedness has undercut key assumptions upon which ... More

Keywords: Christian realism, divine immanence, divine presence, divine transcendence, domination, feminism, feminist theology, human boundedness, human self‐transcendence, Reinhold Niebuhr, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Sharon Welch

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195144161
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195144163.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebekah L. Miles, author
Southern Methodist University
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