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Moltmann in conversation with feminist theologians: How does his theology correlate and differ with feminist theology?

Kelebogile T. Resane
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 42, No 1 | a2319 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v42i1.2319 | © 2021 Kelebogile T. Resane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 June 2021 | Published: 10 September 2021

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Kelebogile T. Resane, Department of Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa


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Abstract

This article is divided into two parts. The first part is on feminist theology, explaining its definition, history, scope, patterns, and programmes. In other words, it describes how it theologises. The description of revolutionists and reformists within feminist theology, together with their methods of theologising is given. The four approaches of the metaphorical nature of male image within the reformist feminine theology are discussed. These are metaphorical, God-language, Sophialogical, and Radical Trinitarianism. The second part of the article intends to point out how Moltmann’s trinitarian theology impacts the feminist theology, and how it differs from it. An attempt is made to highlight the tenets of theology where Moltmann may engage feminist theology. The argument will be built on five tenets of Moltmann’s theology, and describes how each tenet speaks to feminist theology. These tenets are panentheism, trinitarianism, Christology, pneumatology, and ecology. The description of each tenet, along with the responses of feminist theologians to them is given. Regardless of the tensions that may arise, there are some values that each theological stream can benefit. Conclusion is drawn based on the fact that although the two theological thoughts may differ, there are some synergies on how to theologise without compromising the biblical metanarratives and traditional approaches.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: Through the extensive analysis and evaluation of Moltmann’s theology, sociology, and psychology, the metaphorical nature of male image within the reformist feminine theology is discussed in this article. Moltmann’s trinitarian theology impacts the feminist theology, noting some differences. An attempt is made to highlight the tenets of theology where Moltmann may engage feminist theology.


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Moltmann; feminist; theology; trinitarian; doctrine

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