In the later 19th century, Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science, picked up some of this idea in her rewriting of the Lord's Prayer as "our Father and our Mother who art in Heaven. It is continually rediscovered and renewed.
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Today's interest in the divine Mother is only the most recent expression of a long history. Today we have many groups of women and men who are seeking a feminine expression of God. A feminine image of God has long been a part of the Christian tradition. It's hard to admit shortcomings in any aspect of our It has become a kind of dogma among many feminists interested in spirituality that Judaism and Christianity suppressed all female imagery of the divine.
It is also assumed that it was women who created female symbols of the divine and that these symbols served to empower women. So, this line of thinking goes, female symbols for the divine were suppressed as a part of a patriarchal disempowerment of women. However, my own research, published in my book, " Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History " shows that all these relations are considerably more ambiguous. Men, more so than women, probably shaped much of the classical images of the female divine in the ancient Mediterranean world and elsewhere.
Such images served male and upper class interests, at least in their official expressions The feminine divine was seen as protecting men in power, probably because they were believed to be protecting men, like a great mother whose power is seen as nurturing rather than judgemental. Although Wisdom as a manifestation of God was temporarily eclipsed in the West, fervent female symbols were cultivated over the years as expressions of the redeemed human individual and community in relation Christ.
Particularly important are the ideas of the feminine soul as bride of Christ and of Mother Church as both bride of Christ and mother of Christians in whose baptismal womb Christians are reborn.
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These feminine theological symbols tended to merge in the figure of Mary, Jesus' mother, as the New Eve through whom Eve's fall is reversed. She is the Virgin mother through whom Jesus is born without sin, and the Theotokos, or Mother of God. In the later patristic and medieval period. And medieval mysticism--particularly through female mystics, such as Hildegard of Bingen 12th century and Julian of Norwich 14th century --would take these ideas even further. Sylvia Browne.
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Sylvia Browne, in her own inimitable style, again defies convention in this uniquely informative compilation of diligently researched facts and personal accounts about the premise of a female divinity - namely, the Mother God also known as the feminine principle.
About the Author : Sylvia Browne is the 1 New York Times best-selling author and world-famous psychic medium who has appeared regularly on The Montel Williams Show and Larry King Live, as well as making countless other media and public appearances. Create a Want. Feb 04, Madonna Analla rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book because it went through the history of the goddess briefly in the beginning.
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It was interesting to learn about the female gods of different cultures. It was an inspirational and hopeful book. Sep 29, Ericka rated it it was amazing. Sylvia Browne always writes very clearly and concisely and does her research. It is always fascinating for me to read her books as I have many of the same principles and I've come to them on my own. Reading her books are like a long positive affirmation for me. Awesome book. Love Sylvia Browne and all her infinite wisdom. Sad that she has moved on but grateful that she is with Francine and at peace on the other side.
Sep 23, Nina rated it really liked it. I was impressed with her conviction about their being a Mother God, and the proof of the Gnostic Christian scriptures validating it was impressive. Apr 28, Ana rated it it was amazing. I looooved this book! It was very beautiful and comforting. It gave me the strength to tackle some very difficult issues at the time.
It veritably changed my life. Mar 09, Kate Zirkle rated it really liked it Shelves: metaphysical. This was pretty interesting. I wouldn't recommend starting here if you wanted to get into Sylvia Browne's books though.
It gets in pretty deep. Mar 27, Cyndi rated it really liked it Shelves: metaphysical. Heartwarming stories about the feminine creator.
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Nice to know she is there and active. I highly recommend this for anyone searching for comfort and hope from the metaphysical realm. Jul 05, Paula rated it it was ok. Interesting, but without references, not a great book for me. I don't see how you can state things as fact without giving any references and allowing others to come to their own conclusions based on this information too.
If you are already a devout Christian or Catholic, this books will possibly be fine for you.
I'm sure Interesting, but without references, not a great book for me. I'm sure anyone who already follows or feels these beliefs are correct may benefit from understanding more about the feminine touch of their "good words" and so I will not attempt to discourage the reading of this book. Best of luck in your journey! Jan 29, Nicolette Froelicher rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , books-i-own. I really loved the book! I can totally understand where she is coming from with this duality thing and God because I have always felt that God just isn't male and has this female side too.
Once again loved the book but I can't believe it as actually being true but I can see it as a theory. Apr 15, Linda rated it it was amazing. Amazing Amazing I just loved the book and learned a lot. I'm grateful I read the book. Thank you dear Sylvia you helped me with your books and teachings from other side.
Feb 26, Kristen rated it liked it Shelves: k-s-books. I thought it was interesting. I have always liked Sylvia Browne, but now I'm not sure if she's truthful.
I have doubt. I am just going to leave it at that. Feb 12, Ld Degenhardt rated it it was amazing. New concepts to think about! Aug 06, Anne added it. Not really worth believing, but worth a peek into. Apr 14, Jaymi Boswell rated it it was amazing Shelves: metaphysical-and-the-like.
What can be better than a Mother in Heaven who loves you more than anything??? Sep 20, Melinda rated it it was ok Shelves: spiritual-books. As a Wiccan, I thought this would be a book about the Goddess. It turned out to be the female aspect of the Christian God.
Good, but not part of my belief system. Oct 12, Liz rated it it was ok Shelves: gender-studies , religion. I found the first chapter interesting, but couldn't handle the mysticism of the rest. I don't think divinity is a simple and maluable as Browne claims. Jan 17, Ronda rated it liked it.