Christianity, Beauvoir and the cultivation of female genius

By Michael Marten
December 2, 2012

Eighty people came to Glasgow University Chapel for the launch of two important new books on religion on 21 November 2012.

One of these was by Alison Jasper, lecturer in religion at the University of Stirling and a scholar-member of the Critical Religion Association. It is entitled Because of Beauvoir: Christianity and the Cultivation of Female Genius.

The second book celebrated was by her husband, David Jasper, The Sacred Community: Art, Sacrament, and the People of God.

Both volumes are published by Baylor University Press (Waco, Texas, USA), 2012.

Speakers at the event included Professor Nigel Leask, Regius Professor Of English Literature at the University of Glasgow; Richard Holloway, former Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh; the Rt Rev Gregor Duncan, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway; Professor Ann Loades, Professor Emeritus at Durham University, and Professor Richard Roberts, Visiting Emeritus Professor at Stirling and a member of the Critical Religion Research Group.

* A full report can be found here: http://criticalreligion.org/2012/11/28/book-launch-alison-jaspers-becaus...


(c) Michael Marten is Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies at the University of Stirling. His main areas of interest are: European involvement around the world and especially in the Middle East, categories of gender/race/class and how they relate to one another, churches' engagement (or otherwise) in movements for justice, and the ideology of violent/nonviolent action in international relations. He is an Ekklesia associate and co-founder of Critical Religion (http://criticalreligion.org/).

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