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Created: June 21, 2004
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Index of Topics on Site Religion, Feminism, the Earth: Things We Gotta Talk About
This essay will serve as an introduction to Rosemary Radford Ruether, Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelic Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, who was a little ahead of her time in the dominant discourse recognition that ecology, feminism, and theology are all issues that we must bring up for discussion at every dinner table, at every home and corner gathering, at every place where friends and families gather, and the subject of world survival comes up.

It is good that today there are many TV programs and several college and university classes, and even several groups of concerned citizens who make every effort to bring these issues before the public. That simply will not do. The goal and purpose of this site is to remind us that governance issues are issues on which we vote in this country, issues over which we DO have some control, though not necessarily the linear male-hierarchical, corporate-led control we once thought we had.

"Despite a belief in the virtues of participatory democracy, the Electoral College system has created the reality that some votes count more than others."

From description of the site (About) in the third full paragraph, Dem Swingers on getting out the vote (for Democrats) this Fall.

Yes, some votes counted more than others in the 2000 Presidential election, and that was manipulated to the advantage of some, to the exploitation of others. Yes, religion counts more than it used to in 2004, and that has also been manipulated to count more to the advantage of some than to others. Especially if the religion is not primarily of a Western Civ background. And, yes, the earth is in greater danger than ever with glaciers melting and strange weather patterns emerging, and species dying out altogether.

This piece will briefly summarize and comment on definitions, concepts, and theoretical positions taken by Rosemary Radford Ruether. This will provide you with enough information to follow and join class and site discussions on Ruether's perspective of how these issues are incorporated into our lived and spiritual lives, and how we help to shape these issues interdependently as we live in their midst. Please bear in minds that if we touch here on issues of great import to you, you need to search and read and discuss these issues further with experts who can guide your learning. This is a mere taste of what's out there, so that you can choose the path you take to continued learning.



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