Week #12 Reading Reflection Assignment
Due for full points April 9; "grace period" for one point down April 16.
When you do this week's reading, you really MUST use the discussion questions (posted below in Week #12 Assignments) to guide your reading, or you will find responding to these prompts difficult.
Benarowski organizes her chapters by themes. For this reading reflection assignment, please respond to each of the following three concerns addressed in the first three chapters.
-- Responding to the first chapter, and also reflecting over the articles you have read in the first two books of the course (anthologies by Christ and Plaskow), what have been some important reasons for women's distinctive contributions to American religious writing? What needs to happen for women's work to be seen as not "dissent" but as recognized as contributing in a vital way to the core of American religious thought?
-- In chapter two, Bednarowski states that the characteristic of "ambivalence" in American women's religious writing is a strength, not a weakness. Give some examples of what she means by "ambivalence." Why is this characteristic a virtue, not a weakness?
-- In chapter three, Bednarowski describes women's understanding of the divine as more immanent than transcendent in focus. (You will be familiar with this point of view from earlier reading as well.) In her view, why is this the case? What do you think about this understanding of the divine?