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Eve's Pilgrimage: A Woman's Quest for the City of God [Paperback]

Tina Beattie
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1 April 2002
In this original book, the author journies through Rome, following biblical events and themes in works of art: from Genesis in the Sistine Chapel, through Incarnation in the Pantheon and Resurrection in Michaelangelo's Last Judgement.She touches on many themes in her journey, including violence and power (at the Colloseum), social injustice (at St. Mary Major) and motherhood (at the icon of Our Lady in Perpetual Succour).Writing as an intelligent Christian feminist, Beattie doesn't resort to clichTs, and has a clear, elegant style which makes this a very readable book.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860123235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860123231
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 14 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,064,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I felt I had re-engaged with some of the main ideas of Christian Theology in an inviting way and that Rome as a city was a place I'd like to explore again." Janet Lees, Reform, October 2002.

About the Author

Tina Beattie is married with four children. After taking a degree in Theology and Bristol University, she moved on to study for a PhD on 'Images of Mary.' She is Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Surrey, Roehampton.

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By Jeremy Bevan TOP 500 REVIEWER
At first, I thought this was going to be `just' another Christian feminist critique of Christianity, re-emphasising points well worth making but already somewhat familiar. But once I got past the first few pages, it had some refreshingly original turns. Using Rome's art and architecture as her jumping-off point for reflection, Beattie provides valuable insight into the patriarchal nature of the church in history and the possibilities for recovering a more woman-centred focus for the future. Whether musing on the significance of the differences between Michelangelo's `Creation of Adam' and `Creation of Eve' in the Sistine Chapel, or on the Colosseum as symbolising the easy accommodation of violence in the Christian tradition (Cain's sin has traditionally preoccupied - largely male - theologians far less than Eve's supposed misdemeanours), Beattie is always stimulating. I particularly appreciated her discussion of the way the Reformation and Counter-Reformation traditions both spiritualised Mary while denigrating Eve, the result being churches that pay far too little attention to the body. By the time she gets onto considering the significance for women's bodies of (bodily) resurrection, the author is in full imaginative flow as to the possibilities for genuinely creative `relational' living. A work that should amply repay careful rereading and meditation.
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