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Martin Luther and the Early Modern Beginnings of a Feminist Maternal Theology

Luther Seminary, St Paul, MN 55108, USA
Religions 2020, 11(3), 115; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11030115
Received: 19 December 2019 / Revised: 29 February 2020 / Accepted: 3 March 2020 / Published: 9 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Luther’s theology and Feminism)
This essay argues that the German Reformer, Martin Luther, makes a contribution to a Christian feminist theology of mothering. His preaching and theology about child-bearing stand out in the Christian theology of his time because of the realistic way in which he describes the experiences of pregnancy and birth, especially in contrast to conventional descriptions of the Virgin Mary’s maternity. Yet Luther is no feminist. He maintains essentialist views of women and attaches women too closely to home life. But his optimistic view of the female child-bearing body subverts the traditional Christian views of the cursed female body and affirms the power that women have in God’s activities of creation and new creation. View Full-Text
Keywords: pregnancy; childbirth; Martin Luther; Christianity; mothering; feminist; feminist theology; Virgin Mary pregnancy; childbirth; Martin Luther; Christianity; mothering; feminist; feminist theology; Virgin Mary
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Marga, A. Martin Luther and the Early Modern Beginnings of a Feminist Maternal Theology. Religions 2020, 11, 115.

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