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‘Doing Theodicy: an Empirical Study of a Women’s Prayer Group’

Day, Abby. 2005. ‘Doing Theodicy: an Empirical Study of a Women’s Prayer Group’. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 20(3), 343. -356. ISSN 1353-7903 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The study of a weekly women’s prayer group in a small northern English town discusses how participants resolve tensions which may arise from unanswered prayer. The most important mechanism in that process is the informal ‘chatting’ which precedes the period of formal prayer. The author concludes that women actively conduct a ‘ritual of theodicy’ to rescue their worldview from chaos. The participants maintain that they are directed by God’s wisdom, not their own actions.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/13537900500249889

Keywords:

women, gender, religion, prayer, theodicy

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
2005Published
12 July 2005Accepted

Item ID:

19480

Date Deposited:

04 Jan 2017 15:29

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 14:38

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/19480

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