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God's Mother, Eve's Advocate


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God's Mother, Eve's Advocate by Tina Beattie
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The object of this book on the theology of woman is to discern the place of the female body in the Christian story of salvation, and this is done from the heart of Christian stylizations of the female - the figures of Mary and Eve. Beattie has pursued her subject with the aid of French psychoanalytic feminism. These writers are preoccupied, as is Catholic theology, with questions of language and symbolism. But Beattie puts herself at odds with neo-orthodoxy and feminist liberal theology, believing that theologians like von Balthasar depart from the best patristic tradition of Marian theology to disastrous effect. Nor does she offer solace to the Marina Warners of this world in a book which is strong in defence of classical Marian theology. She defends with passion and theological insight not only the virgin birth, the immaculate conception and the assumption but also the perpetual virginity of Mary. Virginal desire, according to Beattie, need not be seen negatively but as an affirmation of the integrity of women's desire before God, in a way not dependent on the phallus nor reducible to genitality.

Author Biography

Tina Beattie is married with four children. After taking a degree in Theology and Bristol University, she moved on to study for a PhD on 'Images of Mary.' She is Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Surrey, Roehampton.
Release date NZ
October 10th, 2002
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
1, black & white illustrations
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
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