A Women’s History of the Christian Church: Two Thousand Years of Female Leadership

By Elizabeth Gillan Muir

© 2019

Tracing two thousand years of female leadership, influence, and participation, Elizabeth Gillan Muir examines the various positions women have filled in the church. From the earliest female apostle, and the little known stories of the two Marys – the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene – to the enlightened duties espoused by the nun, the abbess, and the anchorite, and the persecutions of female "witches," Muir uncovers the rich and often tumultuous relationship between women and Christianity.

Offering broad coverage of both the Catholic and Protestant traditions and extending geographically well beyond North America, A Women’s History of the Christian Church presents a chronological account of how women developed new sects and new churches, such as the Quakers and Christian Science. The book includes a timeline of women in Christian history, over 25 black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, and a list of primary and secondary sources to complement the content in each chapter.

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  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Illustrations: 28
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Tracing two thousand years of female leadership, influence, and participation, Elizabeth Gillan Muir examines the various positions women have filled in the church.

A Women’s History of the Christian Church: Two Thousand Years of Female Leadership

By Elizabeth Gillan Muir

© 2019

Tracing two thousand years of female leadership, influence, and participation, Elizabeth Gillan Muir examines the various positions women have filled in the church. From the earliest female apostle, and the little known stories of the two Marys – the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene – to the enlightened duties espoused by the nun, the abbess, and the anchorite, and the persecutions of female "witches," Muir uncovers the rich and often tumultuous relationship between women and Christianity.

Offering broad coverage of both the Catholic and Protestant traditions and extending geographically well beyond North America, A Women’s History of the Christian Church presents a chronological account of how women developed new sects and new churches, such as the Quakers and Christian Science. The book includes a timeline of women in Christian history, over 25 black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, and a list of primary and secondary sources to complement the content in each chapter.

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Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Illustrations: 28
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "In A Women’s History of the Christian Church: Two Thousand Years of Female Leadership, Elizabeth Gillan Muir offers a more inclusive and comprehensive narration of the development of the Christian tradition – one which takes seriously the contributions of women. This groundbreaking volume packed full of helpful notes and sources is a must-read for those who want a more complete understanding of the history of the Christian Church."


    Dr. Gary B. Agee, Anderson University’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry
  • Author Information

    Elizabeth Gillan Muir taught Canadian Studies at the University of Waterloo and Religious Studies at Emmanuel College, the University of Toronto, and served on the national executive staff of the United Church of Canada.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Preface

    1. Women in the Early Church: Part I
    2. Women in the Early Church: Part II
    3. The Rise of the Virgin Mary and the Devolution of Mary Magdalene
    4. The Nun, the Abbess, and the Anchorite
    5. La Papesse and La Pucelle
    6. Woman as Witch
    7. The Mystics
    8. Women in Religious Communities before the Protestant Reformation
     The Cathars
     The Beguines
     The Humiliati
    9. Women in Religious Communities in the Protestant Tradition
     The Waldensians
     The Lollards
     The Anabaptists
     The Moravians
     The Baptists
     The Church of the Brethren
     The Church of God (Anderson)
    10. Methodism
    11. Women Who Founded Churches under the Roman Catholic Church
     The Guglielmites
     The Ursulines
     Mary Ward and the English Ladies
     The Company of the Daughters of Charity
    12. Other Women Who Founded Churches: Part I
     The Quakers
     The Shakers
     The Society of Universal Friends
     The Seventh Day Adventist Church
     The Salvation Army
     Christian Science
    13. Other Women Who Founded Churches: Part II
     The Church of the Nazarene
     The Foursquare Gospel Church
     The Mita Congregation
     The Saint John’s Apostolic Faith Mission
     The Pillar of Fire
     The Lumpa Church
     The Yoido Full Gospel Church
     The Mai (Mother) Chaza Church
     Mother Leafy Anderson
    14. The Missionary Impulse
    15. Women in the Church Today

    Conclusion
    Appendix 1: Timeline
    Glossary
    Index
    Sources