A while back, I asked you to suggest books that might be sent to Pope Francis as helpful resources for his call for a "new theology of women." You made LOTS of excellent suggestions. I've turned them into a SurveyMonkey survey, and here's your chance to vote for the final 10. Vote for your favorite 5-10, and one vote per person, please. It's a long list, so read through before you vote!


I've done some editing on the list. For example, I assume that the Pope has a copy of Genesis laying around somewhere. Similarly, John Paul II's Theology of the Body must be there at the Vatican somewhere. I've taken a couple items off the list that cost lots of money (like $100 or more). I took out some books that looked excellent but only indirectly contribute to a new theology of women because they're of a different discipline. I added some additional references for your consideration, too. 

Things to think of while voting:

  • remember the topic is a "new" (my quotes--people have been doing this work for decades, arguably for centuries...sigh...) theology of women. Some books are closer to this topic than others. 
  • recent is good--if there are several options for an author (which is the case in a few instances,) more recent work is probably most what the writer would like to have represent him/her, assuming it's also the closest match to the topic. 
  • Think across disciplines, maybe aim for some systematics, some scripture, some ethics, some history. In my additions to the list, I've aimed for a wide range of perspectives, too. 
  • Availability matters, and a reasonably-priced edition should exist--like $15-30 new, if possible. This is especially important for older books. If I can't get it, I can't send it. 

Two people have offered to help with shipping costs, for which I'm very grateful.

I'll leave this survery up for a week or so, and will report back...

UPDATE: 90 responses so far! Keep 'em coming. I'll compile next week...

Lisa Fullam is professor of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. She is the author of The Virtue of Humility: A Thomistic Apologetic (Edwin Mellen Press).

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