Feminist theologians have often asked whether a body on a cross serves as a helpful model to know and understand God.1 Mary Daly argues that Christianity has turned the ancient fertility symbol of the tree of life into “a torture cross.”2 She criticizes the Christian tradition for “necrophilia” and states that it has more to do with “Christolatry” than Christology. Daly moreover accuses it of fixing women in a “Scapegoat Syndrome” because of their traditional roles of passivity and humility in the Western tradition.3 Like Daly, many feminist theologians have criticized atonement theories and the Christian insistence on the cross. Grace Jantzen concurs with Daly and writes, “The western intellectual tradition is obsessed with death and other worlds, a violent obsession that is interwoven with masculinist drive for mastery.”4
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Gudmarsdottir, S. (2015). The Green Cross. In: Daggers, J., Kim, G.JS. (eds) Christian Doctrines for Global Gender Justice. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137462220_3
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