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Divine MultiplicityTrinities, Diversities, and the Nature of Relation$
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Chris Boesel and S. Wesley Ariarajah

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253951

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253951.001.0001

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Excess, Reversibility, and Apophasis

Excess, Reversibility, and Apophasis

Rereading Gender in Feminist Trinities

(p.153) Excess, Reversibility, and Apophasis
Divine Multiplicity

Sara Rosenau

Fordham University Press

Taking Elizabeth Johnson's feminist revisioning of the trinitarian symbol as a starting point, this chapter identifies a certain limit in feminist theologians' efforts to create space for women and the feminine in Christian language for God. It questions and destabilizes the sex/gender divide, pushing beyond Johnson to a deeper multiplicity of divine imagery that would subvert the male/female binary of gendered language for God. To carry out this constructive move of deeper multiplicity, it borrows the metaphor of the nomad from Marcella Althaus-Reid, as the transgressing of borders within the rich terrain of the Christian theological tradition. In the nomadic reading of the trinitarian tradition and its feminist revisions, the theoretical triad of excess, reversibility, and apophasis are employed to queer “the limits of the category of gender in the godhead,” creating theological space not only for women, but for nonnormative gender and sexual identities as well.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Johnson, feminism, trinitarian theology, feminist theologians, multiplicity

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