The Politics of Prayer: Feminist Language and the Worship of God
A book by Helen Hull Hitchcock
Distinguished Catholic and Jewish scholars, theologians, and linguists offer important insights into the functions of language as well as penetrating analyses of the feminists' influence on Scripture and worship.
Helen Hitchcock has gathered a very diverse and stimulating series of essays and reprints dealing with the issue of use of "inclusive" language in liturgy and Biblical translations. Some of the essays are merely polemic, but others are thoughtful, with detailed studies of particular issues in translation, etc. The last two essays are particularly thought-provoking. Ms. Hitchcock's Introduction provides a helpful history of some of the issues, such as surrounding the NAB and subsequent revisions. The sometimes lengthy attempts to defend the word "man" as a true generic are unlikely to persuade those whose theology is more in sympathy with Rosemary Ruether, Elizabeth Schussler-Fiorenza, Letty Russell, or Mary Daly. Overall, however, the book will buttress those who are already opposed to use of "inclusive" language, but will not likely make any inroads upon its advocates. This collection is certainly worth reading, although I suggest you read it in conjunction with other books favoring inclusive language, or presenting BOTH perspectives, to get the "whole" picture.
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