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date: 24 April 2019

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This chapter addresses aspects of feminist Christology, including the perceived misogyny amongst the Fathers and Scholastics; the problematic ascription of maleness to God; and the ‘anti-woman use of Christology’. Some argue that the patriarchal image of Christ leads to the exclusion of women from the Incarnation and question whether sexual difference should equate to theological significance. Others say that Christological symbolism is imperialist and patriarchal and serves to disempower women. Yet others say that Christ could have been a woman: this is why the ‘Christa’ crucifixion image is important to them. Feminists also question the patriarchal ways in which Christ’s work of redemption has been interpreted. Feminist theologians rightly argue that the patristic ‘quod non est assumptum non est sanctum’ should be complemented by the Pauline metaphor of the body of Christ. The humanity of Christ, including his maleness, points to the relational and communitarian dimension of his human nature.

Keywords: maleness, mysogyny, women, feminists, patriarchal, imperialist, sexual

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