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Gender Inequality in the Ordained Ministry of the Church of England

Examining Conservative Male Clergy Responses to Women Priests and Bishops

Gender Inequality in the Ordained Ministry of the Church of England

Examining Conservative Male Clergy Responses to Women Priests and Bishops

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£135.00

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780367534264
Number of Pages: 228
Published: 29/09/2023
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

This book offers a fresh social scientific analysis of how theologically conservative male clergy respond to the ordination of women to the priesthood and their consecration as bishops within the Church of England. The question of women’s place in the formal structures of England’s Established Church remains contested. For many, to prevent women from occupying such offices is often understood to be a matter of inequality, whereas those who oppose their ordination see it as a matter of obedience to God’s will. Tensions have become heightened in a culture that increasingly promotes the rights of individuals who have historically been marginalised and that challenges traditional social roles. This volume explores the gender attitudes held by clergy in the Anglo-Catholic and evangelical traditions of the Church and considers how these gender attitudes shape the way they think about women’s ordination and how they interact with female colleagues. It also considers the contribution of a range of social phenomena to the formation of these gender attitudes. The author draws on and develops a variety of sociological and psychological theories that help to explain the processes that lead to the formation of clergy attitudes towards gender more broadly.

Alex D.J. Fry

Alex Fry completed his PhD in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, UK. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Health and Illness at the University of Bournemouth, UK.

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