Downie Gives Introduction to Christian Feminist Perspectives

Posted on 2/18/2014 3:18:23 PM

Alison Downie, Religious Studies, gave an introduction to Christian Feminist perspectives to the at Indiana Unitarian Universalist community on February 2, 2014.

Downie explained that feminist theologians do not generally believe that simply adding women into leadership positions in Christian organizations addresses the most important issues. These scholars use a threefold methodology to identify, critique, and change harmful patriarchal structures in all aspects of Christian tradition, texts, beliefs, and practices. For example, questions feminist Christians have explored include the following: If God is male, then is the male God? Isn’t a Father who wants His Son to be killed an abusive parent? Why has Mary Magdalene been assumed to be a prostitute for hundreds of years?

Downie introduced her audience to diverse perspectives, and also worked to establish further connections between IUP and the Indiana community.  

Department of Religious Studies