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Dismantling the Dualism of Ecclesiology: The People of God Contributions to Feminist Ecclesiologies: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Letty Russell

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This chapter begins by outlining Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza's understanding of the church as the discipleship of equals, focusing on its historical emergence and its contemporary implications. It explores how Rosemary Radford Ruether takes up the notion of the church as an Exodus community from patriarchy and adapts this into a feminist proposal. Finally, the chapter turns to Letty Russell's notion of authority as partnership and examines the way in which she employs this notion within her construction of the church in the round. Feminist theology has traversed much ground in order to create new ways to conceive of the church's structure and function that are not dualistic. Grounded in biblical and historical narratives, feminists' proposals have aimed at recapturing an egalitarian vision of the church.

Keywords:church; Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza; feminist theology; Letty Russell; Rosemary Radford Ruether



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