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This review is from: Powers and Submissions P: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender (Challenges in Contemporary Theology) (Paperback)
This is a book for anyone who is thinking about the relationship between spirituality and our contemporary cultural debates. The spirituality of 'kenosis' and sell emptying advocated by the contemplative tradition is very much back under discussion in the search for a way forward for a workable understanding of how to live the Christian life as we enter the third millennium. It is not surprising that traditional ideas of the 'dispossession of self' do not sit lightly with feminist concerns that seek to rebalance gender autonomy, so this extended essay by Sarah Coakley written from a feminist theological perspective is very welcome. She tackles this potentially emotive subject with wisdom and intelligence through an appeal to the insights of the contemplative tradition. If not all will agree with her, the clarity and breadth of her presentation really engages one to think through the thesis she proposes.