Gisela Kreglinger

Gisela Kreglinger holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of St. Andrews and is the author of The Spirituality of Wine (Eerdmans, 2016). Kreglinger grew up on a winery in Franconia, Germany where her family has been crafting wine for multiple generations.

Areopagus Lecture 3

Gisela Kreglinger: Victorian Wisdom for Contemporary Plights

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Current protests and debates make us acutely aware of abuses fueled by unhealthy gender stereotypes and a culture infatuated with sex and coercive power. The desire to break free from the confinement of societal norms is especially strong among women. For this lecture, Gisela H. Kreglinger discusses how George MacDonald’s perspective on gender roles might guide us through some of the questions, problems, and concerns we face today. Drawing from MacDonald’s lesser-known fairytale, The Day Boy and the Night Girl, Kreglinger argues that MacDonald frames his account of gender roles according to the Genesis story of humanity’s Fall - emphasizing systemic sin and pathological patterns of relationship before addressing individual sins. By approaching the question of gender through universal human categories, MacDonald subverts oppressive gender stereotypes and illuminates how both women and men suffer from dehumanizing societal norms. But rather than positing individual gender identities over and against all others, MacDonald’s story shows how gender relies upon the weaknesses and strengths of its complement, such that ultimately human gender and freedom flourish through the act of self-giving love. $4.


Volume 134

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Guests on Volume 134: Chris Armstrong, on what C. S. Lewis knew (and we need to know) about the culture and faith of medieval Christianity; Grevel Lindop, on the unique poetic imagination of poet, novelist, and theologian Charles Williams, “the third Inkling”; Michael Martin, on how the experience of Beauty in Creation and art can enable an encounter with divine Wisdom; William T. Cavanaugh, on why Christians should think about economics theologically, not just as a science or an ethical discipline; Philip Turner, on why Christian ethics has the health of the Church at its center, not just personal obedience or social justice; Gisela Kreglinger, on wine, the culture of wine, and the superabundant goodness of God made manifest in the gift of wine.