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Rosemary Radford Ruether

Rosemary Radford Ruether (born November 2, 1936) is an American feminist scholar and Catholic theologian. [1]

An advocate of women’s ordination , a movement among Catholic religious persons who affirms women’s ability to serve as priests, despite official sanction. Since 1985 Ruether has been a member of the pro-choice group ” Catholics for Choice ” (CFC). [2]


Ruether Was Born in 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota , [1] to a Roman Catholic mother and Episcopal father. She has reportedly described her upbringing as free-thinking and humanistic as opposed to oppressive. [3] Ruether’s father died when she was 12 and afterwards.

She is married to the political scientist Herman Ruether. [1] They have three children and live in California. [4]


Ruether holds a BA in Philosophy from Scripps College (1958), MA in Ancient History (1960) and a Ph.D. in Classics and Patristics (1965) from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California .

She is Visiting Professor of Religion and Feminist Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University . Her first appointment was as professor at Howard University in Washington DC from 1965 to 1975. [5]She was Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology at the Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union , and retired from her long-term post as Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary . [6] Ruether is the author of 36 books and over 600 articles on feminism, eco-feminismthe Bible and Christianity. [7]

In 1977, Ruether became an associate of the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press (WIFP). [8] WIFP is an American nonprofit publishing organization. The organization works to increase communication between women and the public with forms of women-based media.

On January 22, 2000 Ruether received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University , Sweden . [9]

Selected writings

  • The Church Against Itself , New York, 1967, Herder and Herder.
  • Gregory of Nazianzus . Oxford: 1969, Oxford University Press.
  • The Radical Kingdom, New York: Paulist Press , 1970 ISBN  0809118601
  • Faith and fratricide: the theological roots of anti-Semitism . New York 1974, Seabury Press, ISBN  978-0-8164-2263-0 .
  • “Courage to Christian Virtue” in Cross Currents , Spring 1983, 8-16
  • Sexism and God-Talk: Towards a Feminist Theology , Beacon Press (1983) ISBN  0-8070-1205-X
  • Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing , Harper-Collins (1994) ISBN  978-0-06-066967-6 , ASIN 0-06-066967-5
  • In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women’s Sacred Writing , Harper-Collins (1996) ISBN  0-06-066840-7
  • Introducing Redemption in Christian Feminism (editor), Continuum (1998) ISBN  1-85075-888-3
  • Christianity and the Making of the Modern Family , Beacon Press (2001), ISBN  978-0807054079
  • Fifth chapter of Transforming the Faiths of Our Fathers: Women Who Changed American Religion , edited by Ann Braude. (2004) ISBN  1403964602
  • The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict , Augsburg Fortress (2002) ISBN  0-8006-3479-9
  • Integrating Ecofeminism Globalization and World Religions , Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (2005) ISBN  0-7425-3529-0
  • Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History , Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2005, University of California Press. ISBN  0-520-23146-5
  • America, Amerikkka: Elect Nation & Imperial Violence , Equinox (2007) ISBN  1-84553-158-2
  • Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders (ed., With Gina Messina-Dysert ), Routledge (2014). ISBN  9780415831949 .


Also see biographical information in Emily Leah Silverman, Whitney Bauman, and Dirk Von der Horst, eds., Voices of Feminist Liberation: Celebrating Writings in Honor of Rosemary Radford Ruether (London: Equinox Press, 2012).

  1. ^ Jump up to:c “Rosemary Radford Ruether” . Contemporary Authors Online . Detroit: Gale. 2001 . Retrieved 10 June 2013 .
  2. Jump up^ Hunt, Mary E.”The Life of Scholar Activist ‘Rosemary Radford Ruether.” National Catholic Reporter, October 15, 2014. Accessed January 4, 2016.
  3. Jump up^ ‘People’ section of Boston University website
  4. Jump up^ Website of Claremont School of Theology
  5. Jump up^ LaRosa, Patricia. “Finding Aid for Rosemary Radford Ruether Papers, 1954-2002” (PDF) . Retrieved 15 March 2013 .
  6. Jump up^ Website of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  7. Jump up^ LaRosa, Patrician. “Finding Aid for Rosemary Radford Ruther Papers” (PDF) . Retrieved 15 March 2013 .
  8. Jump up^ “Associates | The Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press” . www.wifp.org . Retrieved 2017-06-21 .
  9. Jump up^ http://www.uu.se/en/about-uu/traditions/prizes/honorary-doctorates/

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