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The serpent and the goddess : women, religion, and power in Celtic Ireland

Author: Mary Condren
Publisher: San Francisco : Harper & Row, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Using Ireland as a case study, this book provides an account of the decline of matriarchal power in Western civilizations and analyzes its implications for today's women and today's Catholic Church.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Condren, Mary.
Serpent and the goddess.
San Francisco : Harper & Row, ©1989
(OCoLC)655844880
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Condren
ISBN: 0062501569 9780062501561
OCLC Number: 18986331
Description: xxv, 268 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The problem of history --
Part I: The age of Eve --
Eve and the serpent --
The foundation myth of patriarchy --
Crushing the serpent --
The end of matricentered Ireland and the curse of the Goddess Macha --
Part II: Brigit as Goddess --
Mother Goddess and virgin lawmaker --
Brigit of Kildare --
From Goddess to saint --
The sexual politics of the early Irish church --
The clerical control of reproduction --
The blasts of temptation --
The impact of male asceticism --
From kin to king --
The blood covenant made among men, excluding women --
Part III: The age of Mary --
The Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland --
Popes, Kings, and Bishops reform the old laws of Ireland --
Clerical celibacy --
The quest for power in church and state --
The politics of virginity --
The cult of the Virgin Mary and the consolidation of patriarchal theology --
Conclusions: The age of the fathers --
Male reproductive consciousness: its contemporary influence in church and state.
Responsibility: Mary Condren.

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