The moral irrelevance of dogma: Mary ward and critical theology in England

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Abstract

Josephine Elizabeth Grey Butler has been variously described as a moral reformer, a Christian feminist, a visionary prophet and a mystic. Her exegesis challenged patriarchal doctrine by positing three feminist principles. These principles include that God created women and men in perfect equality, that this inherent equality demands liberty for all, and that God has authorized women’s prophecy, as foretold by the prophet Joel. She argued that the source of women’s oppression is their vulnerability to sexual servitude, which results from the sexual double standard inherent in patriarchal culture. Her polemics are largely hortatory, for to achieve her vision she had to educate her audiences. As she legitimized her campaign against the Contagious Diseases Acts and the sexual double standard with her principle of the equality of women and men, she cast the campaign as a revolution for liberty.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen's Theology in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Subtitle of host publicationTransfiguring the Faith of their Fathers
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages133-147
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781317944881
ISBN (Print)0815327935, 9780815327936
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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