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Holmes, Pamela Maureen Susanne.
Towards a Pentecostal critical feminist theology of liberation : "Starring" Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Elisabeth Schuessler Fiorenza and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
Ph. D. -- University of St Michael's College, 2009
Ottawa : Library and Archives Canada = Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, [2011]
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<?Pub Inc> The purpose of the thesis is to supplement and further the emergence of Pentecostal theological thought by interrogating issues foundational to the formation of a Pentecostal critical feminist theology of liberation intent upon promoting the full flourishing of Pentecostal women and non-elite men as well as contributing to feminist critical theology. The corpus drawn upon will include critical and scholarly reflection from the academy and Pentecostalism. The hypothesis is that, along with problematic practices and beliefs, Pentecostalism also contains ideas and rituals with rhetorical and symbolic significance expressing liberative potential for the actual lived realities of women, individually and communally, throughout the globe. Placing these ideas and practices in a self-reflective, critical dialogue with carefully chosen conversation partners will illuminate this emancipatory potential. The goal is to explore the possibility of developing a Pentecostal feminist critical theology of liberation. The major scholars whose work is considered include Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Elisabeth Schûssler Fiorenza, the representatives from the Society for Pentecostal Studies and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Shifts in thought involved including the differences between traditional theorizing and critical theory, critical theory of religion, feminist critical theory of religion and feminist critical theology of liberation are examined. Concrete examples of ministering women within the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada are cited. Typical explanations given for the challenges facing ministering Pentecostal women along with an argument for the need for an explicitly feminist approach are overviewed. Theoretical aspects of the project are evaluated through a discussion of the nature and power of enlightenment rationality, an examination of identity thinking and an analysis of two major sources of authority that have been used to dominate women. The significance of hope involved in the use of utopic thinking coupled with Adorno's negative dialectic in provisionally transforming Pentecostalism toward an emancipatory praxis is explored. Finally, concluding comments summarize the project and suggestions for further explorations are made.