Women in the Early Church, Part I -- Women in the Early Church, Part II -- The Rise of the Virgin Mary and the Devolution of Mary Magdalene -- The Nun, the Abbess, and the Anchorite -- La Papesse and La Pucelle -- Woman as Witch -- The Mystics -- Women in Religious Communities before the Protestant Reformation: The Cathars, The Beguines, The Humiliati -- Women in Religious Communities in the Protestant Tradition: The Waldensians, The Lollards, The Anabaptists, The Moravians, The Baptists, The Church of the Brethren, The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) -- Methodism -- Women Who Founded Churches under the Roman Catholic Church: The Guglielmites, The Ursulines, Mary Ward and the English Ladies, The Company of the Daughters of Charity -- Other Women Who Founded Churches, Part I :The Quakers, The Shakers ,The Society of Universal Friends, The Seventh Day Adventist Church, The Salvation Army, Christian Science -- Other Women Who Founded Churches, Part II :The Church of the Nazarene, The Foursquare Gospel Church, The Mita Congregation, The Saint John's Apostolic Faith Mission, The Pillar of Fire, The Lumpa Church, The Yoido Full Gospel Church, The Mai (Mother) Chaza Church, Mother Leafy Anderson -- The Missionary Impulse -- Women in the Church Today -- Conclusion.
"Women have played a significant role in shaping the modern Christian church. Tracing two thousand years of female leadership, influence, and participation, Elizabeth Gillan Muir examines the various positions women have filled in the church. From the earliest female apostle, and the little known stories of the two Marys--the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene--to the enlightened duties espoused by the nun, the abbess and the anchorite, and the persecutions of female "witches," Muir uncovers the rich and often tumultuous relationship between women and Christianity. Offering broad coverage of both the Catholic and Protestant traditions and extending geographically well beyond North America, A Women's History of the Christian Church presents a chronological account of how women developed new sects and new churches, such as the Quakers and Christian Science. The book includes a timeline of women in Christian history, over 25 black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, and a list of primary and secondary sources to complement the content in each chapter."--