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Retrieving Women's Voices in the Christian Theological Tradition
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Retrieving Women's Voices in the Christian Theological Tradition
Four Doctors of the Church
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Encounter four of the most remarkable women in the history of Christianity. Since 1970, the Roman Catholic Church has named four women "Doctors of the Church": Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen. Despite living in different countries, centuries, and cultural contexts, these saints continue to inspire us with their wisdom and faith. Now, you can understand each woman's powerful theology, letting her spirituality guide your own life. As you explore the historical context that gave rise to their ideas, you will learn how to retrieve aspects of their theological thought in a critical and relevant way today. In these 12 lectures, you will see how their unique voices illustrate models of holy, complex, intelligent, and passionate Christians. You will explore Hildegard of Bingen's theology of the Holy Spirit, Catherine of Siena's theology of Incarnation, Teresa of Ávila's doctrine of the human person, and Thérèse of Lisieux's theology of the cross. By joining these women, you will discover how their wisdom integrates theology and spirituality; doctrine and mysticism; contemplation and action; head and heart; theory and everyday life. And, as these Doctors of the Church will show you, the Church needs theology done by women more than ever. Experience the depth and breadth of the Christian theological tradition with Hildegard, Catherine, Teresa, and Thérèse.

Encounter four of the most remarkable women in the history of Christianity. Since 1970, the Roman Catholic Church has named four women "Doctors of the Church": Teresa of Ávila, Catherine of Siena, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen. Despite living in different countries, centuries, and cultural contexts, these saints continue to inspire us with their wisdom and faith. Now, you can understand each woman's powerful theology, letting her spirituality guide your own life. As you explore the historical context that gave rise to their ideas, you will learn how to retrieve aspects of their theological thought in a critical and relevant way today. In these 12 lectures, you will see how their unique voices illustrate models of holy, complex, intelligent, and passionate Christians. You will explore Hildegard of Bingen's theology of the Holy Spirit, Catherine of Siena's theology of Incarnation, Teresa of Ávila's doctrine of the human person, and Thérèse of Lisieux's theology of the cross. By joining these women, you will discover how their wisdom integrates theology and spirituality; doctrine and mysticism; contemplation and action; head and heart; theory and everyday life. And, as these Doctors of the Church will show you, the Church needs theology done by women more than ever. Experience the depth and breadth of the Christian theological tradition with Hildegard, Catherine, Teresa, and Thérèse.

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  • Prof. Elizabeth A. Dreyer, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. She has previously taught at The Catholic University of America; the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C.; and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an expert in medieval women mystics, the history of Christian spirituality, and the role of women in Christianity. Prof. Dreyer received her Ph.D. from Marquette University, her M.A. from Xavier University, and her B.A. from Dominican University. She also completed additional graduate work at Harvard Divinity School, Boston University, the Pontifical University for Mediaeval Studies, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and the University of Toronto. Prof. Dreyer is the author or coauthor of ten books, including Accidental Theologians: Four Women Who Shaped Christianity (Franciscan Media, 2014), Passionate Spirituality: Hildegard of Bingen and Hadewijch of Brabant (Paulist Press, 2005), A Retreat with Catherine of Siena (St. Anthony Messenger, 1999), and Making Sense of God: A Woman's Perspective (St. Anthony Messenger, 2008), which won first place in the Catholic Press Association's Gender Issues category. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal from Mount Saint Joseph's College and Fairfield University's Choice Award for exemplary application of the ideals of the Ignatian tradition.

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  • Barbara Newman In their lifetimes, these four very different saints—Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Thérèse of Lisieux—could no more have aspired to the title of "theologian" than they could have hoped to be priests. So Elizabeth Dreyer calls them "accidental theologians," but modern popes have called them Doctors of the Church. Dreyer's informative little book provides a wonderful introduction, toggling back and forth between historical context and the difference their theology can make for twenty-first century Christians.
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