Prayerful vulnerability

Sarah Coakley reconstructs feminism
Sarah Coakley came to Harvard in 1993, hired as part of then-dean Ronald Thiemann’s plan to bring more religiously committed faculty to Harvard Divinity School. (Jon Levenson, an Orthodox Jew, was hired at about the same time.) If Thiemann wanted someone who embodied the soul of Anglicanism—both its theological commitments and its style—he could hardly have chosen better. Coakley is quite English, and therefore quite unlikely to raise her voice. Her clothes are as well tailored as her sentences. Her theological interests—patristics, feminism, the Trinity, charismatic prayer—bespeak the Anglican ability to love both tradition and the freewheeling questioning of it.


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