God and the Battle Over Women's Bodies (All Together Podcast)

An Egyptian woman mourns over the death of 1st Lt. Mohammed Adel Abdel Azeem, killed in Wednesday's attack by Islamic militan
An Egyptian woman mourns over the death of 1st Lt. Mohammed Adel Abdel Azeem, killed in Wednesday's attack by Islamic militants in the Sinai, during the funeral procession at his home village Tant Al Jazeera in Qalubiyah, north of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 2, 2015. Islamic State-linked militants launched an unprecedented wave of attacks in northern Sinai on Wednesday, setting off the fiercest fighting the peninsula has seen in decades and undermining government efforts to stem the insurgency. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Far too often in religious circles, men talk about women or to women, rather than talking with women or, even better, listening to women. Well, my guest today is the Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, and you better believe we are listening.

Welcome to this week's All Together, the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice impact our daily lives. You can download All Together on iTunes, or Stitcher.

Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite is an ordained minister and a professor of theology at Chicago Theological Seminary where served as President from 1998 to 2008. Her latest book is titled Women's Bodies as Battlefield: Christian Theology and the Global War on Women.

President Jimmy Carter wrote about the book: "Reverend Thistlethwaite makes an important contribution to the current debate on the wars we are waging and how they affect violence against women."

In our conversation we explore the parallels between wars among nations and the war on women's bodies. This gets especially powerful from a religious perspective as we delve into the importance of the body in Christianity, and how any talk about God begins with our pain.

Today's All Together was produced by Katelyn Bogucki and edited by Jorge Corona. Brad Shannon is our audio engineer.

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