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Womens-Liberation

“Since man is limited by his social context and interests, Jesus Christ has been defined within the narrow parameters of the male consciousness. That is to say, the social context of the men who have been theologizing has been the normative criterion upon which theological interpretations have been based. What this meant is that Jesus Christ consistently has been used to give legitimacy to the customary beliefs regarding the status of women.”    - Jacquelyn Grant ; White Women’s Christ and Black Women’s Jesus: Feminist Christology and Womanist Response


"The women’s movement displays its real strength when it presents a vision of life that differs from the prevailing one. Women will become strong when they stop worshiping the golden calves that men worship: unlimited economic growth, national security, the balance of terror . . . We shall become free only when we beat our swords into plowshares, as Isaiah says, and when we learn to operate irrigation systems, not tanks. We shall be free and we shall be women only when we join forces with life against production for death and the ongoing preparation for murder. We shall not become free by retiring into the private sphere and saying, ‘Count me out,’ nor shall we become free by conforming to a society that holds its generals and millionaires in particularly high regard. We shall become free when we learn to work for peace actively, deliberately, and militantly."
   - Dorothee Sölle ; Of War and Love


"The black Christian experience has been one in which black people have consistently confirmed the presence of a sustaining and liberating Christ in their lives."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; The Black Christ (p. 23)


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