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Church as Woman and Mother: Historical and Theological Foundations
Category: Books > Church > Church History
ISBN / ID: 9780809153329
Publisher: Paulist Press
Price: AU$49.99
Description: The concept of "virgin-motherhood" is a stumbling block for many Christian women today, and yet for the early Christians, aware of the implications from ancient Rome and virginity as producing spiritual/moral fecundity made perfect, "virgin-motherhood" made perfect sense. This volume explores concepts regarding the female and the contexts in which they were applied to the church. Ancient Roman concepts such as virginity, marriage, and motherhood, projected onto the Church, actually pointed to positive concepts. Examples of these concepts are the cultivation of virtues, the affirmation of bodies and sex, and the call to active participation of the entire community. Overall, this book seeks to question the role, suitability, and implications of gendered imaging and rhetoric used for and within the contemporary Catholic Church.
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