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Gender and Theology

3. Rosemary Radford Ruether

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In this module, we conduct a case study of rosemary Radford Ruether, focusing in particular on (i) the four waves of feminism (ii) Ruether’s Catholic background, and activism in the civil rights and anti-war movements in the 1960s (iii) the influence of liberation theology on Ruether’s work (iv) Ruether’s focus on reform in feminist theology (v) Ruether’s juxtaposition of the historical institution of the Catholic church with scripture (vi) Ruether’s call to include the experience of women in Christian theology in the search for divine truth, and return to resources in the bible that have been suppressed by male domination.


In this course, Dr Ruth Jackson Ravenscroft (University of Cambridge) explores gender and theology. In the first module we introduce the relationship between gender, feminism, and theology. In the second module, we consider feminist theology in relation to the doctrine of God. In the third module we examine Rosemary Radford Ruether’s feminist theology, before turning to Mary Daly’s theology in the fourth module. In the fifth module we compare and contextualise the feminist theologies of Ruether and Daly. In the sixth and final module, we examine feminist theological engagement with scripture.


Dr Ruth Jackson Ravenscroft is a lecturer in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie at the intersections of theology, philosophy, literature, and intellectual history, particularly in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century thought. Her recent publications include The Veiled God : Friedrich Schleiermacher's Theology of Finitude (2019) and 'On Gender and Theology in the Mode of Retrieval’ in Theologies of Retrieval (2017).

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