Works of Love in a World of Violence 978-3-16-154845-1 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Deidre Nicole Green

Works of Love in a World of Violence

Feminism, Kierkegaard, and the Limits of Self-Sacrifice

[Taten der Liebe in einer Welt voller Gewalt. Feminismus, Kierkegaard und die Grenzen der Selbstaufopferung.]

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Constructively engaging feminist critiques of Christianity's complicity in violence, through which it engenders the belief that suffering is inherently redemptive and that self-sacrifice amounts to love, Deidre Nicole Green argues for a Kierkegaardian conception of Christian love that limits self-sacrifice.
Drawing on the thought of Kant, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche in order to illuminate and interrogate feminist critiques of self-sacrifice, Deidre Nicole Green relies on Kierkegaard's view of Christian love to offer a constructive theological framework for limiting self-sacrifice that resists an overly simplistic identification of self-sacrifice with love. Although Kierkegaard's Works of Love deems Christian love essentially sacrificial, his view of love also circumscribes the role of self-sacrifice within human life. Particularly, it offers the potential for a rigorous and empowering model of forgiveness that challenges traditional ideals of the submissive, permissive woman while keeping love central to the dialogue. Rather than passively accept unjust relationships, works of love must seek to ameliorate a world of violence.
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Deidre Nicole Green Born 1981; 2007 MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School; 2012 PhD in Religion from Claremont Graduate University with specialization in Women's Studies in Religion and Philosophy of Religion and Theology.

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