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Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957$
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Timothy Willem Jones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655106.001.0001

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Women’s Ordination

Women’s Ordination

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Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957
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Timothy Willem Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655106.003.0005

This chapter discusses the campaign for women’s ordination to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion between 1913 and 1945. Church feminists saw ordination as a natural progression from political emancipation. The established Church struggled to come to terms with this suggestion. Despite holding several theological commissions, the Church was unable to come to a satisfactory theological position on women’s ordination. The demand for sacral equality in the priesthood brought the interwar Church to the limits of its capacity to imagine sexual equality.

Keywords:   women’s ordination, priesthood, sex, sacrament, feminism

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