Introducing Elizabeth Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson, the author of Ask the Beasts, has been a Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University since 1991. A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, she has also served as head of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Theological Society.
Johnson’s best-known works:
• She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse (1991) was the first extended attempt to integrate feminist categories such as experience and emancipation into classical Catholic theology.
• Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God (2007) presented a concise and bold overview of the new theologies within Christianity.
• Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love was published in 2014.
Our opening discussion showed that we come from diverse religious backgrounds:
Participants (in the discussion and on-line) are Roman Catholic, varieties of Protestant,
Mormon, Unitarian, Buddhist, Jewish…
But we share a common perspective:
+ A willingness to explore beyond our early religious boundaries…
+ A willingness to use our minds in our faith and spiritual practice…
+ An openness to other spiritual traditions.
In our work lives, we have pursued many occupations and vocations: We are
Scientists; nurses (in many fields, including psychiatric nursing);
Clergy (of several denominations, including a hospice chaplain); spiritual directors;
Artists; musicians; writers and poets;
Teachers (of all levels through post-graduate education – and a musician/teacher)
We have similar interests and loves:
We want to use – and stretch – our minds
+ We need to better understand the theory of evolution and its implications
We want to keep – and stretch – our faith
+ We need an image of God/the Holy which fits the world as we are coming to know it
We want to care for the natural world
+ Loving the world around us, we want to preserve it
And now: introduce yourself
What do you hope to learn from Ask the Beasts?
What are your hopes for these discussions?
What are your questions?
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