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This article is from the Feminism References FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore tittle@netcom.com with numerous contributions by others.

20. Religion.

Adler, Margot. _Drawing Down the Moon_. Revised edition. Beacon
Press, Boston. 1986. ISBN: 0-8070-3253-0.
This has a chapter on "Women, Feminism, and the Craft". It places
feminist wicca in one of its contexts. Otherwise the book is
mainly about neopaganism.

Armstrong, Karen. _The Gospel According to Woman_. Anchor Books,
Doubleday. 1987. ISBN: 0-385-24079-1 (trade paperback).
A provocative interpretation of the history of women in
Christianity. In particular, there are interesting parallels
between the Virgins (who could stay separate from men) of
Christian history and latter-day feminists.

Beck, Evelyn Torton, ed. _Nice Jewish Girls. A Lesbian Anthology_.
Revised and updated. Beacon Press, Boston. 1989.

Fiorenza, Elisabeth Schussler. _Bread Not Stone_. Beacon Press,
Boston. 1984. ISBN: 0-8070-1103-7 (trade paperback).
Feminist biblical interpretation.

Greenberg, Blu. _On Women and Judaism: A View from Tradition_. Jewish
Publication Society of America, Philadelphia. 1981.
This discusses conflicts between Orthodox Judaism and feminism,
and suggests resolutions of the conflicts within the boundaries of
Jewish law.

Hampson, Daphne. _Theology and Feminism_. Basil Blackwell Ltd/Inc.
1990. ISBN: 0-631-14944-9.
Discusses the limitations of Christianity from a feminist
perspective, and suggests ways for moving beyond Christianity.

Heine, Susanne. _Women and Early Christianity: A Reappriasal_.
Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis. 1988. ISBN: 0-8066-2359-4.
Documents the strength of influence women had in early
Christianity, uses this as basis for concluding that Christianity
need not be anti-woman. Originally published in German under
_Frauen der Fru:hen Christenheit_.

Heschel, Susannah. _On Being a Jewish Feminist: A Reader_. Schocken,
1984.

Kaye/Kantrowitz, Melanie and Irena Klepfisz. _The Tribe of Dina:
A Jewish Women's Anthology_. Beacon Press. 1989.

Koltun, Elizabeth. _The Jewish Woman: New Perspectives_. Schocken
Books, 1976.

Miles, Margaret R. . _Carnal Knowing: Female Nakedness and Religious
Meaning in the Christian West_. Beacon Press, Boston. 1989.
Looks at how images of the female body have shaped and been shaped
by religious and social forces. Although most of the emphasis is
mediaeval, It has a final chapter that looks at a modern
perspective. Has an excellent section on Hildegard von Bingen,
one of the few female writers of the middle ages.

Pagel, Elaine. _Adam, Eve, and The Serpent_. Random House, New York.
1988. Also, _The Gnostic Gospels_. Vintage Books edition, Random
House, New York. 1989.
The former is a thorough exploration of how the Genesis myth is
inextricably interwined with western culture views of women. The
latter shows how the early Christian church although initially
receptive to women became patriarchal.

Plaskow, Judith. _Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism From A Feminist
Perspective_. Harper Collins, 1990. ISBN 0-06-066684-6.
Plaskow discusses conflicts between Judaism and feminism, and
suggests ways to make Judaism into a feminist religion.

Ruther, Rosmary Radford. _Women-Church. Theology and Practice of
Feminist Liturgical Communities_. ISBN 0-06-066834-2.
This is a collection of liturgies for unconventional purposes
(i.e. A Coming-Out rite for a Lesbian). They are not so much pagan
as they are feminist. They ignore the distinctions between
Christian and non-Christian. The thesis of the book is in part
that women should create their own ritual without waiting for the
"church" to catch up with their reality. Ruther has written other
books with similar themes.

Schneider, Susan Weidman. _Jewish and Female_. Simon & Schuster.
ISBN: 0-671-60439-2.

Sprentak, Charlene, ed. _The Politics of Women's Spirituality:
Essays on the Rise of Spiritual Power within the Feminist Movement_.
1982. ISBN. 0-385-17241-9.
This is a thick (590pp) sampler with short pieces by a number of
important authors. A few are written as responses to others which
gives a bit more sense of the dialog.

Starhawk. _The Spiral Dance_. 10th anniversary edition, revised.
Harper & Row, San Francisco. 1989. ISBN 0-06-250814-8.
This has clearly been a very influential book. Z. Budapest is
another mother of feminist wicca from the same era; Starhawk seems
a bit more readable and less cookbook-like.

Stone, Merlin. _When God Was a Woman_. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
Publishers. 1976. ISBN: 0-15-696158-X (trade paperback).
Historical revisionist view of early matriarchal & female-based
worship.


 

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