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Canon and Criterion in Christian TheologyFrom the Fathers to Feminism$
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William J. Abraham

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199250030.001.0001

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Feminism and the Transgressing of Canonical Boundaries

Feminism and the Transgressing of Canonical Boundaries

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Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology

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Feminist theology began in part by making soteriology rather than epistemology central in its vision of canon. Unhappily scripture was, it was believed, deeply compromised as a means of liberation; hence other canonical materials were needed to secure salvation. The result was the creation of virtually a full‐scale competing canonical heritage to that developed in the Church. This was correlated with fresh epistemological proposals that reflected the continued captivity of the Church to changes in epistemology. More recently, feminist theologians have sought to retrieve scripture and the canonical doctrines of the Church as salutary and liberating.

Keywords:   canonical heritage, epistemology, feminist theology, liberation, soteriology

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