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    Female Christian Writers

    Hello all,

    I believe this will be my first post since joining.
    I am presently pursuing a Master's Degree in Theological Studies but this is a bit of information that is quite apart from what I want to ask:
    Has anyone here read historical female theologians?
    Preferably in the realm of apologetics.
    I understand there is a severe deficit of them owing to the fact that women's education and, by way of consequence, their writing, was actively suppressed.
    It is worth a shot, however! I know there were quite a few mystics, such as Hildegard of Bingen, whom I've not read and I wonder if there are any apologetics facets to their writings.

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    Female Christian Writers

    Hello all,

    Has anyone here read historical female theologians?
    Preferably in the realm of apologetics.
    I understand there is a severe deficit of them owing to the fact that women's education and, by way of consequence, their writing, was actively suppressed.
    It is worth a shot, however! I know there were quite a few mystics, such as Hildegard of Bingen, whom I've not read and I wonder if there are any apologetics facets to their writings.

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    Hi, and welcome!

    I can't help you with your question, but I would like to let you know that you don't really need to repost your original in subsequent posts.

    People will reply as they are able. So be patient.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    Hi, and welcome!

    I can't help you with your question, but I would like to let you know that you don't really need to repost your original in subsequent posts.

    People will reply as they are able. So be patient.

    That was my fault Mossy. I merged her 2 threads. instead of merging the posts together.


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    The Alexiad by Anna Komnene may provide some theological insight. I'm not aware of any ancient female writers of apologetics, though that wasn't a very large field to begin with.
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    And Dorothy Sayers might be a good resource too, e.g. Creed or Chaos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill the Cat View Post
    That was my fault Mossy. I merged her 2 threads. instead of merging the posts together.



    Then I beg forgiveness of lepidopter.



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    I can't recommend anything in the area of apologetics specifically, but I have been working on a book list of "100 Books Every Christian Should Read." Some of the female authors I'm considering:

    Liber Divinorum Operum by Hildegard of Bingen
    Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
    The Souls of Purgatory by Ursula de Jesús
    Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila
    Hail God, King of the Jews by Emilia Lanier
    The Way of Holiness by Phoebe Palmer
    Anything by Catherine Booth, probably Popular Christianity or Practical Religion

    Unfortunately, pre-20th-century pickings are slim. Hope that helps.

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    I appreciate the explanation and response!
    I'm sure I'll make all sorts of blunders in these forums, so I'll beg forgiveness in anticipation of making them :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsJack View Post
    I can't recommend anything in the area of apologetics specifically, but I have been working on a book list of "100 Books Every Christian Should Read." Some of the female authors I'm considering:

    Liber Divinorum Operum by Hildegard of Bingen
    Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
    The Souls of Purgatory by Ursula de Jesús
    Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila
    Hail God, King of the Jews by Emilia Lanier
    The Way of Holiness by Phoebe Palmer
    Anything by Catherine Booth, probably Popular Christianity or Practical Religion

    Unfortunately, pre-20th-century pickings are slim. Hope that helps.
    Yes, that is the issue I've run into, that prior to the twentieth century, there were precious few female writers who engaged with much outside the realm of memoir (valuable, but not exactly what I'm looking for!) or subversive writing for the sake of subversion.
    What a helpful list-I thank you so very much!

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