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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (13 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631207368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631207368
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I am tremendously impressed by Sarah Coakley′s book. It makes a bridge between the naive prephilosophical version of crucial beliefs and current work on feminist theology which is very arcane to the outsider. Sarah′s clarity of expression and her tough style of argument are a delight. It is wonderful how well these separate essays follow on one another and have so much continuity." Mary Douglas <!––end––>

"In this set of extraordinarily erudite essays Sarah Coakley shows us that not only is Christian feminism crucial for constructive Christian theology in our day, but equally important Christian feminism can and does make a contribution to non–Christian feminist thought. In Powers and Submissions Coakley draws on the riches of the Christian tradition as well as contemporary theology to challenge the tendency in modern theology to separate theology and prayer. What a wonderful book. " Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University

"Such an intense and often understated vision – rich, subtle, and refreshing in its integrity– makes this a most unusual and very welcome book." Michael Barnes, The Way

"There is a real delicacy of interpretation in these essays which takes its lead from a present problematic, but which allows itself and its own terms to be questioned by what is found in pre–modern material." Theology

"Spanning theology, philosophy of religion, and feminist theory, Coakley′s essays have import for scholars and advanced students in all three areas." Religious Studies Review

"Such an intense and often understated vision – rich, subtle, and refreshing in its integrity – makes this a most unusual and very welcome book." The Way

"...Coakley′s work is exemplarily dialogue. Indeed, the abiding impression is of a brilliant and magnanimous hostess who is given to bring together the sort of people who would not ordinarily have anything to do with each other. Like an ideal hostess, she listens generously to each and tries to construe what they say in the best possible light, but she has strong and clear views of her own, which she ultimately articulates with considerable persusive authority." Khaled Anatolios, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

"Anyone interested in genuine dialogue between the Christian theological and spiritual traditions and contemporary concerns will find this collection to be stimulating and very rewarding reading." Khaled Anatolios, Weston Jesuit School of Theology

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In this volume, Sarah Coakley confronts a central paradox of theological feminism–what she terms ‘the paradox of power and vulnerability’. Drawing together an essential collection of her work in this field. Powers and Submissions explores this theme, offering an original perspective on contemporary feminist thought.

Gender theory has in recent years given an increasingly nuanced account of the worldly ‘powers’ that serve to stifle human flourishing. However, feminist theology ha been loath to acknowledge that form of surrender to divine ‘power’ which can alone sustain authentic human freedom, and chasten the abusive will to power in both women and men. Powers and Submissions tackles their question of how these narratives of divine and human ‘powers’ should be disentangled. Coakley examines this issue through the lens of spiritual practice, philosophical enquiry and doctrinal analysis, arguing that contemplative practice must be sustaining matrix of any truly liberative human empowerment.

Powers and Submissions will be of interest to those working and studying in the fields of feminist theory, philosophy of religion, systematic theology and spirituality.

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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.
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I read this book as I am interested in Feminist Theology. it is a series of essays on power and gender issues in a theological setting, such as a meditaion on kenosis, the trinitarian nature of God, desire and how this informs our understanding of the self. It is a very interesting read, but it makes a lot of assumptions about the level of what the reader knows in a wide range of areas which can make some of the text inacessible. Despite this, I enjoyed it and will return to it many times in the future.
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Sarah Coakley is in the front rank of today's theological commentators.
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