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Beyond God the Father Women's Liberation and the Transformation of Religion Mary Daly Contents Introduction: Problem and Method Chapter One: After the Death of God the Father Chapter Two: The Myth of the Fall: The Lie that Prevailed Chapter Three: Beyond Christology to a World without Models Chapter Four: Transvaluation of Values Chapter Five: The Bonds of Freedom: Sisterhood as Anti-Church Chapter Six: The Exodus Community: Sisterhood as Beyond-Church Chapter Seven: The Sisterhood of Man Conclusion As the women's movement begins to have its effect upon the fabric of society, transforming it from patriarchy into something that never existed before-- into a diarchal situation that is radically new-- it can become the greatest single challenge to Christianity to rid itself of its oppressive tendencies or go out of business. Beliefs and values that have held sway for thousands of years will be questioned as never before. This revolution also may well be the greatest single hope for survival of spiritual conscious- ness on this planet. The Judaic-Christian tradition has served to legitimate sexually imbalanced patriarchal society. Thus, for example, the image of the Father God, spawned in the human imagination and sustained as plausible by patriarchy, has in turn rendered service to this type of society by making its mechanisms for the oppression of women appear right and fitting. The imbalance in Christian ideology resulting from sexual hierarchy is manifested not only in the doc- trine of God but also in the notion of Jesus as the unique God-man. It will, I think, become increasingly evident that exclusively mas- culine symbols for the ideal of "incarnation" will not do. The becoming of women implies also a transvaluation of values in Christ- ian morality. As the old order is challenged and as men and women become free to experience a wholeness of personality which the old sex role socialization impeded, the potentiality will be awakened for a change in moral consciousness which will go far beyond critiques of Christian values which still accept the premises of patriarchal ideology. This book attempts to outline future directions of religious consciousness-- its symbols, theology, ethics-- the seeds of which can be found in the emerging consciousness of the new sisterhood of women.