Short Courses

Women in the Christian Spiritual Tradition

Course Finished: 

Dr Judith Coyle, IHM  MA (University of Notre Dame) / DTh (Unisa)

(incl. course materials and refreshments)

With very few exceptions, men have been the central figures in the history of Christian spirituality. With the emergence of the feminist movement in the past century, scholars are bringing to light the place and writings of women within that tradition. This course will look at 1) the role of women in the origins of the Christian tradition, 2) three key figures within the medieval church (Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich and Catherine of Siena) and 3) three contemporary figures ( Evelyn Underhill, Edith Stein, and Dorothy Day). Finally the contribution to spirituality from the feminist perspective will be considered.

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