“Christian Feminist Theology and the Arts.”
Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion and the Arts in the West: Renaissance to the Present. Forthcoming 2020
Christian feminist theology supports the full equality, humanity, and spirituality of women. Anchored in biblical text, it seeks to empower women through their Christian faith. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
The arts have a significant role in Christian feminist theology because Christians learn about their faith through the arts and Christians engage the arts to practice their faith. Christian feminist theology can be found in paintings, sculptures, icons, processional crosses, hymns, prayers, music, liturgies, and rituals. The field is vast in terms of the types of arts represented and the variety of ways Christianity is practiced globally. This essay focuses on Europe and the United States where Christian feminist theology begins and explicates theological trends and artistic expressions that now find expression around the world.