Margaret Kamitsuka is the Francis W. and Lydia L. Davis Professor Emeritus of Religion at Oberlin College, where she taught courses in gender and religion for over 20 years. She received her PhD in religious studies from Yale University and is the author of: Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference (OUP); Abortion and the Christian Tradition: A Pro-choice Theological Ethic (WJK); Unborn Bodies: Resurrection and Reproductive Agency (Fortress); and the forthcoming Desirable Belief: A Theology of Eros (Fortress). She edited The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in Christianity (Fortress) and co-edited the T & T Clark Reader in Abortion and Religion: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives. Professor Kamitsuka has published essays in The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender and in a variety of scholarly journals including: Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Journal of Religious Ethics, and Theology Today. Kamitsuka also serves as the editor for the American Academy of Religion’s Academy Series, which partners with Oxford University Press to publish new revised dissertations.
The afterlife continues to influence Christian faith and is a concern during fragile moments of reproductive loss. However, a doctrine of resurrection that speaks to death in the womb has yet to be considered.
Ignoring fetal death began early in Christian history. The church has struggled for settled meaning regarding issues of personhood in the womb and whether unbaptized infants are saved. Believers today deserve to know the basis for a Christian hope of heaven. They deserve a nontoxic eschatology that sustains an embodied sense of self, which is fractured by the experience of reproductive loss. They deserve to know whether assenting to the resurrection of the body–including unborn bodies–requires them to sacrifice their reproductive self-determination.
This volume introduces students to the history of cultural and theological responses to abortion as background for understanding a diversity of ethical positions in contemporary Christian, Jewish, and Muslim writings. Co-editors: Rebecca Todd Peters and Margaret D. Kamitsuka
This book provides an updated and comprehensive discussion of abortion that supplies a counterargument to prolife religious claims, speaks to the burdens of pregnancy, and attempts to alleviate the stigma of abortion that is felt by many women globally who self-identify as Christian.
In this volume, noted scholars and theologians assay the Christian tradition’s classic and contemporary understandings of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity.
This book offers proposals on how to address the irreducible diversity of women’s experiences and unmask entrenched forms of privilege in feminist theological discourse.
This essay analyzes the use of popular prolife tropes about the psychological and medical harms of abortion in Francine Rivers’s Christian romance novel, The Atonement Child.
This essay offers a theological answer to the question: How should we speak of a pregnant woman’s identity such that she is recognizable as uniquely entitled to make the gestational choice to end fetal life?
This essay presents important representative historical Roman Catholic and Protestant views about sexual pleasure from the New Testament period to the present day.
This article looks at how two apparently unrelated issues—the afterlife and reproductive
loss—turn out to be interrelated in complex theological and ethical ways.
This essay critically examines the claim that selective abortion contradicts the principle of Samaritan hospitality and the claim that envisioning disabled people in heaven means that selective abortion is an illegitimate use of women’s moral agency.