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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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Dueling Realisms

Dueling Realisms

(p.147) Six Dueling Realisms
The Bonds of Freedom

Rebekah L. Miles (Contributor Webpage)

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This final chapter points toward an alternative position that critically retrieves the realisms of Rosemary Radford Ruether, Sharon Welch, and Reinhold Niebuhr, and finds a middle way between the idealistic realism about moral grounding found in Ruether and some early feminists, and the radically relative political realism of Welch and some other postmodern feminists. This alternative joins an appeal to human self‐transcendence and divine transcendence with an affirmation of human boundedness and divine presence. At the same time, it takes seriously, Ruether's turn to creation and Welch's turn to community. In this alternative model – a feminist Christian realism – the author hopes to maintain both substantive grounding for moral claims and critical judgment of them.

Keywords:   Christian realism, divine presence, divine transcendence, feminism, feminist Christian realism, human boundedness, human self‐transcendence, idealistic realism, moral claims, Reinhold Niebuhr, political realism, relative political realism, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Sharon Welch

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