Leithart has posted some interesting thoughts on feminist theology. My classes have been reading through That Hideous Strength, of which a substantial element of the plot is the relationship between the masculine and feminine. My favorite reflection:

3) Speaking of economy and ontology: Feminist theology can only work in a radically and thoroughly apophatic framework. In an analogical universe, the revelation of God bears some resemblance to God in Himself (distant though the analogy may be; even though the dissimilarity may infinitely transcend the similarity). For feminist theology, not even “Father” and “Son” can name something basically true about God. These are only human social roles projected onto a featureless something that we call God, a God which our human language cannot even remotely describe.

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  1. Wow, that Peter Leithart has written a bunch of books (though they’re almost all published by his church). Have you read any of them? He doesn’t say what his Cambridge PhD was in (theology I presume). I feel like I’ve heard his name before; does he contribute to Touchstone?


  2. I haven’t read any of his books–it is in Touchstone that you’ve seen him. He did a piece on Dante a few years ago that was fantastic. Ever since then, I’ve kept track of him. His blog is just fantastic.

    I’m not sure whether his degree is in Theo or not. I actually remember reading somewhere that it is in Shakespere, though I could be wrong.


  3. Just found it on his college’s faculty page: PhD in Systematic Theology.


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