Paul’s injunction that women remain silent in the Church (1 Cor 14: 34-36) could be said to have led to the absence of Women’s Wisdom from the official teaching of the Church over its 2000 year history. Of the 36 Doctors of the Church, only 4 are women, Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux and Hildegard of Bingen, all of whom have only been recognised in the last 50 years. This unit will concentration on the contribution of these women to our theological understanding of God and also explore other important female voices that have been overlooked through the centuries.
Articulate the particular challenges facing women in church history, particularly in terms of recognition of their wisdom and capacity for leadership.
Demonstrate an understanding of the context from which these challenges arose.
Analyse critically the writings, and depiction in art, of the four Women Doctors of the Church.
Engage with arguments for and against the addition of other female voices to the rank of Doctor of the Church.
Formulate a sustained argument in response to the unit readings on the contribution of women to theology and church life in the contemporary world.
The Unit is an elective within the disciplines of Church History & Spirituality. Pre-requisite: CH1001Y – Survey of Early and Medieval Church History or equivalent.
The unit will consist of Lectures, Tutorials and discussion forums all delivered in a Seminar style so that students can interact with the ideas presented, engage with other students and their reflections and ideas and develop skills in critique, debate and practical application.
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Sep, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-09-22 18:46:06 +1000