What is the relationship between religion and gender?
What is the relationship between religion and gender? Saiving, “The Human Situation: A Feminine View,” Download Saiving, “The Human Situation: A Feminine View,”
Gross, “Feminism and Religion” Download Gross, “Feminism and Religion”
Washbourn, “My Body, My World” Download Washbourn, “My Body, My World”
How are religion and identity connected?
Recently, the Catholic Church issued its own document on the topic of gender analysis and its relevance to religion. Please read the following statement from the Vatican along with the original three readings for this week. Consider what the original three authors might respond to the Catholic statement, and vice versa.
“Male and Female He Created Them” — A Catholic Response to Gender Theory.
Please comment on something (can be more than one thing) you learned this week that stood out as surprising, upsetting, confusing, interesting and why.
How do you express your religious identity?
Discussion 2: Gender Identity and Gender Experience
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Think about the ways that the authors for this week analyze the possible relationship between gender identity and religious concepts. Valerie Saiving, for example, sees the differences in how boys and girls develop their identities as men and women being rooted in both child-rearing customs and the different processes by which they become sexually mature. She thinks those differences produce gender-specific theological ideas.
Does religion affect your personality?
Penelope Washbourn focuses on the philosophical, psychological, and religious impact of living in a male or female body and of the experiences it allows. Rita Gross offers a model for gender identity that tries to move beyond the binary of masculine/feminine. In contrast, the recent document by the Catholic Church articulates the traditional position about the important and divinely ordained differences between men and women.
Sexual Identity, Gender Identity, and a Christian Upbringing
explain which of the four positions most represents your own view about the relationship of gender and religion, and which one you most disagree with. Explain your reasons for your choices. What kind of criticism would the other positions have of the one you chose? Please make sure that you do more than just summarize the readings.