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The Bonds of FreedomFeminist Theology and Christian Realism$
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Rebekah L. Miles

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195144161

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195144163.001.0001

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Freedom and Boundedness

Freedom and Boundedness

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The Bonds of Freedom

Rebekah L. Miles (Contributor Webpage)

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This introductory chapter starts by describing the setting within which the book was written, and provides an outline of the main contents. It the next two sections, it goes on to give the historical background to and definitions of Christian realism, and describe the assumptions and methodology used. The next section sketches a general argument about transcendence and immanence that is common to many, but not all, Christian theologies, and the following one argues that common feminist rejections of radical human self‐transcendence are bad for feminism because they undercut that which makes the feminist experience possible. The last four sections of the chapter discuss feminists on freedom, feminists on divine transcendence, Reinhold Niebuhr as a feminist resource, and feminist Christian realism as it emerges in the book from a mutually critical interaction among Niebuhr, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Sharon Welch.

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

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