Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Women in Christianity

  • Peggy KayEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_9263

Introduction: Considering Women in the Christian Religious Tradition

The consideration of women in Christianity is a broad consideration, so it is given broad treatment here, including Jesus and women, particular women in scripture and in the tradition, roles of women in various denominations and over time, theological developments, and changing roles today including ordination and priesthood. It must be kept in mind that the consideration of women in Christianity should include social location of time, geographic location, society, culture, economic, and political factors. Such factors as these social conditions and social organization of the family are contextually integral to understanding the roles and status of women. In the same way that religion and culture are inextricable, cultural variables must be taken into consideration along with location in religious tradition. A primary example is the Gospel New Testament story of the woman caught in adultery in John 7:53–8:11.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Division 36, Psychology of Religion and SpiritualityAmerican Psychological AssociationWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Division 32, Humanistic and Existential Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology Special Interest GroupAmerican Psychological AssociationWashingtonUSA