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The Experience of GodA Postmodern Response$
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Kevin Hart and Barbara Wall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225187

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225187.001.0001

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“A World Split Open”?

“A World Split Open”?

Experience and Feminist Theologies

(p.47) 3 “A World Split Open”?
The Experience of God

Kristine A. Culp

Fordham University Press

When women told what they had undergone, what had sustained them, oppressed them, and set them free, how they had endured and survived, what they told opened rifts in what had been taken for granted. From those rifts, emerged new understandings of selves, world, and God. Experience has been an important yet uneasy category in feminist theologies. On one hand, a feminist theology should recognize, reclaim, and honor the great wealth of female experiences; on the other hand, it should be wary about prizing “experience” over the templates of meaning and power that have structured oppression and that require close analysis if things are to change. Can an appeal to female experience produce the appropriate affective and cognitive material for a viable feminist theology? No: feminist theologies need more than an appeal to experience. However, the category of experience should not be jettisoned. Theology must be engaged with life in all its ambiguities, and feminist theology should gain an impetus from female resistance and protest.

Keywords:   God, experience, feminist theology, oppression, meaning, power, resistance, protest

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