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Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny

Religious Speeches Transcending Gender

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Elizabeth W. McLaughlin

This book collection is a celebration of women who speak truth to power in the public square. A perfect fit for undergraduate students of rhetoric, gender, religion and history, Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny showcases the speech texts of 14 women addressing societal issues from the values of their religious beliefs and discourse communities. Between the tensions of the duty of gender roles and human destiny, these global voices representing different time periods and religions address the thematic issues of faith, society, education, reform, freedom and peacemaking. Written in clear, straightforward language, students will directly encounter the words and voices of leaders who strive to make the world better for all in the quest for human dignity. Each speaker seeks to forward the transcendent value of human freedom as reinforced by her explicit references to the divine. This collection is appropriate for 200-400 level undergraduate classes and offers a broad sampling of women who speak in the public square.

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Speaking of Religion

Daniel S. Brown, Series Editor

Speaking of Religion grows from a scholarly attentiveness to the role that religion plays in the public sphere. The decline of religious thought in public affairs is a common yet false narrative in the United States. Americans remain a devout people who are motivated to action by their faith commitments. Several contemporary, interdisciplinary scholars including Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor and Tariq Ramadan point us toward the privilege that religion and faith enjoys in public life. Collectively their work asserts that the world has entered a post-secular era: Secularism is dead and faith is alive. Speaking of Religion features short books, no more than 60,000 words or approximately 150 pages in length.

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