Women’s Spirituality: Contemporary Feminist Approaches to Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Goddess Worship comes directly out of women’s grassroots efforts to understand and transform their spiritual traditions. It is a comprehensive account of the discussions, arguments, perspectives and approaches of contemporary women in Canada toward spirituality and the monotheistic religions. The author presents a concise history of each religion, discusses normative practices and focuses on the roles, rituals and rights of contemporary women as they accommodate to and deal with their respective religions.
Women’s Spirituality deals with women’s encounters with spirituality within the framework of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and outside of this framework within the new religions of contemporary Goddess worship.
Women’s spirituality flourishes in all traditions, however male-dominated they may be. Somehow, women find, or make, space in which they can express their deepest spiritual feelings and thoughts. The aims of this book are to acquaint readers briefly with the range of expressions of women’s spirituality; to give an accessible report on feminist theology, the theology that takes into account women’s experiences; and, in particular, to examine how feminist theologians treat the central issues in three old traditions and one new one. An updated, and revised edition of Stuckey’s successful 1998 book, Feminist Spirituality: An Introduction to Feminist Theology in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Feminist Goddess Worship, this book will be useful to anyone unfamiliar with the work of feminists within any or all of the three monotheistic traditions that have been so crucial to shaping western attitudes to and treatment of women. The book an introduction to one of the fastest-growing new forms of women’s spirituality in the West: Feminist Goddess Worship.
“This book comprehensively and authoritatively describes the many ways in which women’s spirituality is found in religions around the world. Even better, it is accessibly and vividly written, making this an excellent resource for anyone interested in the field of women and
—Patricia Monaghan, author of The Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines and The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and Spirit
“Women’s Spirituality is a meticulous study of the major religions which affect all women and their lives. This important work instructs and supports the spirituality so much an element of our well-being.”
—Clara Thomas, author of Chapters in My Life
“Based in deep and broad scholarship of the religious traditions of the ancient Eastern Mediterranea, Johanna Stuckey’s book lucidly explores the history and epistemology of the marginalisation of women in the mainstream western traditions – Judaism, Islam and Christianity. It cogently demonstrates how second-wave feminists have challenged these traditions from within or without, and revised and renovated them, and also how they have sometimes taken the revolutionary paths of inventing new religions, for example, Feminist Goddess Worship, based on what they understand to be repressed or forgotten understandings of what is sacred in women’s experience of themselves as religious beings. Brilliantly lucid, deeply scholarly, and challenging, as well as being engrossing.”
—Frances Devlin-Glass, author of A Feminist Poetics of the Sacred: Creative Suspicion
“Woman’s Spirituality, now updated a dozen years after it first appeared, remains the best and most comprehensive work on Western female spiritual traditions. Both lucid and scholarly, it examines the Abrahamic traditions and modern paganism from their historical and mythic beginnings to the present, focusing on women’s roles and understandings, leading to a thorough presentation of feminist reads, concerns and developments surrounding these religions. This book should be essential reading for both the general public and specialists in religion interested in the female half of religion.”
—Jordan Paper, author of Through the Earth Darkly: Female Spirituality in Comparative Perspective