Rosemary Ruether Reflection - Rachel Kim Religious Quest...

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Rachel Kim 9/28/12 Religious Quest MWF 11 A Response to Rosemary Radford Ruether’s Lecture In her lecture, Rosemary Radford Ruether discusses the concept of feminist theology and the role of women across various faiths. Through a feminist lens, she presents a critique of mainly four different religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism, and demonstrates how this critique lends itself to the larger global stage towards achieving a “transnational feminism.” However, although this critique deeply examines the different power structures and cultures surrounding theology, it fails to have that same depth when examining the more spiritual aspects of each faith. For example, she acknowledges that the patriarchal system and the institutionalized oppression women have played a large role in constructing Christianity. She opens room for discussion when she states that one of the reasons for the oppression of women is largely because of God’s identity as a patriarchal male. And although she does take into consideration the diversity of the women who may be subject to different levels of oppression, she does not specifically address how this makes a difference in their spiritual lives. She solely focuses on the injustice of gender inequality and ignores

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