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She Who Is
Winner of the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion
She Who Is
The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse
How can we rediscover the feminine within the Christian tradition? Elizabeth Johnson offers us guidance and insight in this classic. She Who Is reveals a profound vision of women's experience and emancipation in the context of Christian theology.
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“The most substantial and sophisticated effort yet undertaken to connect ‘feminist and classical wisdom’ in a synthesis at once bold and discerning, critical and doxological, at once engaged with the classical sources of Christian theology and committed to a vision of Christianity pervasively and profoundly marked by feminist values . . . [Johnson] has performed the most fundamental function of a true theologian, which is to provide a vision of God worthy of prayer.”
"'What is the right way to speak about God in the face of women’s newly cherished human dignity and equality? This is the crucial theological question.’ Johnson’s response is to range far and wide from the early church all the way to the present day to unearth God as She Who Is, the ‘creative, relational power of being who enlivens, suffers with, sustains, and enfolds the universe’ . . . Readers will find this incisive survey to be the finest yet written in the area of feminist theological discourse.”
“As perhaps the best book of feminist theology to date, She Who Is is at once thoroughly orthodox, grounded in classical Christian thought, liberatingly contemporary, and rooted in Women’s experience.”
"Elizabeth Johnson's study is simply superb. The clarity of her analyses and judicious yet imaginative use of language advance feminist theology to a new level of discussion. Every serious student of theology must read this brilliant work of scholarship and creativity."
—Anne Carr, professor of theology, Divinity School of University of Chicago
"In this lucid, troubling, deeply consoling book, Elizabeth Johnson seeks a liberating language for women and men to use together in addressing the mystery of God. I cannot imagine a serious reader who will not learn here to think and act and, yes, pray in a new way."
—Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J., president, Georgetown University
"She Who Is is a brilliant contribution to theology. With erudition, Elizabeth Johnson illumines a wide range of topics: the doctrine of God, trinitarian theology, Spirit Christology, women's experience, and feminist theology. Its clarity makes it an outstanding and indispensable introduction to many issues within contemporary theology and to the relation of feminist theology to classical theology."
—Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Stillman Professor of Catholic Theological Studies, Divinity School, Harvard University