How to use the database
A note about tags
"Eras" refer to the era in which the author is writing. Thus, if a woman in the 21st century is writing about Augustine, the entry will be tagged 21st century.
Modern and post-modern are not clearly defined. In general, post-modern in this database refers to works published after 2000, except when the resource is clearly employing postmodern methodology.
- Example #1: a resource written in the 80s about feminist theology would be classified as post-modern.
- Example #2: a resource written in 2020 about the doctrine of providence would be classified as post-modern because of the date and not because of the methodology.
There are several synonymous tags in play to help people search based on topic.
- Example #1: for church there are the following tags: ecclesiology; church--nature; church--work
- Example #2: for eschatology there are the following tags: eschatology; Last Things
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Primary source refers to a source written by a woman.
Secondary source refers to a source written about a woman or her works.
Inspiration and Aim of the Project
This project was born out of AM Hackney’s PhD studies. She studied under and collaborated with Dr. Marion Taylor’s larger project of retrieving women’s voices in biblical interpretation. The dream was to expand that work to include recovering women’s theological writings through history. The goal for the Women and Theology project is three-fold:
- To create a useable, searchable database of theological texts written by women, as well as secondary sources on the women themselves.
- To publish a Women and Theology handbook that would serve as a good secondary text book for college and seminary systematic theology classes. This handbook will be divided into the main topics in systematic theology and will feature excerpts from women throughout history who have written on the various loci.
- To carry the conversation forward by hosting a regular podcast and blog content that highlights the ongoing work of women in the field of theology.
Currently this project is limited to women theologians from the Judeo-Christian tradition, broadly construed. This includes preachers and modern female scholars who write historical theology, but not history of Christianity or history of events (unless they are a secondary source).
This project does not include contemporary biblical scholars at this present time. Nevertheless, there are areas of significant overlap between theology and biblical studies; therefore, researchers will find examples of biblical theology sources in this database.
Please note: the inclusion of a woman or a source in this database is not an endorsement of the author, the content of the source, or the impetus/rationale of the writing.