Women in the Catholic Church worldwide continue to seek a more meaningful role in the society and the formation of spiritual life. Evidence indicates that Jesus strongly promoted the dignity and equality of women. The early Christians gave leadership roles to women, however the influence of prevailing cultural norms historically caused the role of Women in the Church to be diminished. Today when cultural bias against women has been overcome in part, christian societies around the world maintain a male dominated culture which often excludes women from preaching, teaching, ordination, and decision making within the church.
Through her books on iconography, Mary Jane Miller stimulates the debate about religious imagery and language. Byzantine style Icons are traditional images commemorating saints and represent many of the main line theological ideas within the Christian faith. The mystery they portray provokes the viewer through symbolic language in image and color. Yet where are the Women? The variety of original Byzantine style icons represented IN LIGHT OF WOMEN are meant to intrigue the viewer and his or her understanding of contemporary icons as well as what they aim to portray.
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