A review of Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies

Some of the most difficult challenges confronting Christian commitments to an inclusive vision of human well-being involve the effective disclosure of well-established, taken-for-granted practices that unjustly subordinate, marginalize or exclude selected groups of people while reinforcing the interests of those in positions of power and privilege. Cheryl Anderson's project is to unmask practices of this kind, especially practices that have been justified by appeals to selected biblical texts.

She cites Audre Lorde's account of "mythical norms" in describing systems of thought that undergird problematic social practices—that is, ways of thinking that may be widely accepted but that nonetheless favor the privileged, in particular those who are white, male, heterosexual and financially secure.


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