The Goddess Revival
304 Pages
English

The Goddess Revival

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304 Pages
English

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The Goddess Revival is a Christianity Today Book Award Winner, 1996.
"All of the authors are clearly sympathetic to the problems women have faced in the church throughout its history. They empathize with women who shun the patriarchal oppression of their churches to turn to goddess spirituality. They are also solidly grounded in the Scriptures, Christian theology and church history. They recognize the bondage imposed by goddess worship. This book presents a scholarly and clear consideration of the issues involved and builds a strong case for Christianity as the most woman-friendly alternative.
While providing a comprehensive study of goddess spirituality and examining the roots of the movement, the authors focus primarily on God and the way people have understood God through the centuries--in both paganism and the Judeo-Christian tradition--as both male and female. They demonstrate how the uniqueness of God contrasts with the multiplicity of gods and goddesses in pagan spiritualities, while comparing the values in both traditions that are similar (that is, a search for what is good, inner empowerment, unity, positive social change). In the process of building a clear Christian theology, they gently counter the arguments of their pagan opponents. In the end, the reader is left with a glorious picture of the one true God and a clear apologetic for those in nursing who insist that the Christian God is too oppressive and patriarchal to merit our allegience.
The appendixes provide a powerful case study of a young woman drawn into witchcraft. She explains why it appealed to her, then how it enslaved her and destroyed her marriage and other relationships. . . The two final appendixes offer some excellent biblical studies on the issues raised in the book. The total package provides an outstanding resource" -- Journal of Christian Nursing

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A Biblical Response to God(dess) Spirituality
Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 The Goddess Revival By Spencer, Aída Besançon, Hailson, Donna F.G., Kroeger, Catherine Clark, and Spencer, William David Copyright©1995 by Spencer, Aída Besançon ISBN 13: 978-1-60899-921-7 Publication date 10/1/2010 Previously published by Baker Books, 1995
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Preface
Goddess spirituality has since continued its influence by such well-read books (and movies) as Dan Brown’sThe Da Vinci Code.Sometimes an author gets an inspiration for a book and seeks out publishers until after a lengthy siege one publisher succumbs. This book is not one of those. This book came from requests. My only qualifications for preparing it were love of God, concern for the church and especially for women’s participation in it, specializing in biblical interpretation, and, hopefully, some well-balanced wis-dom. I am Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theo-logical Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. I have written Beyond the Curse: Women Called to Ministry,which was published by Thomas Nelson, Hendrickson, and now Baker, and co-editedGlobal Voices on Biblical Equality. I have studied biblical style (Paul’s Literary Style), as well as other topics. Goddess feminism is so broad with so many challenges to the church, I asked a team of experts to work with me. I asked my husband, the Rev. Dr. William David Spencer, Ranked Adjunct Professor of Theology and the Arts at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, who for years had been interested in the Rastafari cult (some of whom worship Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia), to write a chapter on the male deities now being wor-shiped (chapter 2). Having co-editedChanting down Babylon: The Rastafarian Readerand writtenDread Jesus,on Rasta views of Jesus, he specializes in the theological analysis of popular culture. Every-one mentions female deities. But, what about male deities? I have also asked the Rev. Donna F. G. Hailson, who is a recog-nized authority on neopaganism, new religious movements, and radical spiritual feminism, to write a chapter giving a broad over-view of goddess spirituality (chapter 1). Whenever people have a question on the New Age or cults, they are told to contact Donna. Since so many deities now being lauded were originally wor-shiped during Bible times, I also asked Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger, Adjunct Professor of Classical and Ministry Studies at Gordon-Con-well Theological Seminary, and co-author ofI Suffer Not a Woman (Baker), as well as other books, to write a chapter from the perspec-tive of the first century (chapter 3). What were these deities really like? Specialists on the Greco-Roman world, biblical and classical Greek, and ancient women are very few. I could then be free to analyze from a biblical perspective the
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writings on goddess feminism. I thought I had my team ready. God, though, sent me two more workers. A new parishioner in our church, I discovered, had been seduced by witchcraft for some years, a witchcraft that highlighted the goddess. Now she is a devout and strong Christian. I asked Lupe Rosalez King to give me a brief account of what enticed her (appendix A). Her coworker (and now husband), Peter King, had helped her leave the coven. Could he share how he helped her (appendix B)? Therefore, I have an exceptional team on this project: practical and experiential, while thoughtful, analytical, and scholarly. Even though each writer is ultimately responsible for his/her own chapter, Bill and I have read the whole manuscript and made suggestions. Wendy O’Brien eagerly served as a research assistant for Donna Hailson, as well as read an early version of the manu-script. Lawyer Betsy Cunningham has also read the manuscript. Other people also were part of our team. Faculty secretary, Heidi Hudson, is always fantastic. She received the news of typing this book with enthusiasm. She is an efficient, hard-working, and posi-tive typist. Although Goddard Library at Gordon-Conwell had a number of books I needed, I still had to order many books through interlibrary loan. I am deeply appreciative of Meredith M. Kline, now Director of Goddard Library, and Norman Anderson, former Goddard head librarian, for all their help in obtaining books. Several publishers were also kind enough to mail me some books: Harper and Row, Paulist, InterVarsity, Abingdon, Continuum, Word, For-tress, and Eerdmans. I tried to approach this topic with grace and truth. I hope you, too, will approach this book and this movement with both of these key godly qualities. My hope is that this work is glorifying to God and a service to the church and to many.
Aída Besançon Spencer Preface to the 2010 Reprinted Edition
*In this second edition ofThe Goddess Revival,typographical corrections have been made and the charts on pages 115-116 have been updated and expanded. We are most thankful to Wipf and Stock for our partnership in the House of Prisca and Aquila series.