Women Bishops – A Plus or a Minus?

This week’s post is written by British Humanist Martin Naylor who tweets as @woobasher. The United Kingdom doesn’t have quite the separation of church and state as is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Twenty-six bishops sit in their upper house of parliament, The House of Lords. Martin looks at the difference between reactions to discrimination […]

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Ten Reasons for Women to Reject Christianity

Eve Most Christians believe that God is omnipotent which means all powerful. Most also believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God with some going further to state that it is the inerrant word of God with every word being true. Given these assumptions, God had a choice in choosing a woman, Eve, […]

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The Ties that Bind

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The Ties that Bind – Help for Women Trying to Break Them The word religion derives from the Latin religio, which means to bind. And that is just what religion does. It binds people together. It forms communities. It does this through benign means such as ritual, music, and fellowship. The not so benign means involve […]

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Breasts and the Church

With the recent controversy surrounding women nursing infants in public, I thought I would do some research. How did something so natural get to be so controversial? And guess what I found? Public images of breastfeeding were not always considered taboo as the image above attests. In Medieval and Renaissance art, the Virgin Mary was […]

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Teaching an X-rated Book

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Teaching an X-rated Book to a G Audience Marsha Abelman is an author in my upcoming book on women’s personal journeys away from religion. Here she recounts teaching an utterly violent Bible story to nine-year-olds. Karen Garst As a former evangelical Christian, I have regrets about the time and energy I devoted to that worldview. […]

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The Bible and Gilgamesh

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Did the Hebrews Plagiarize Gilgamesh? If you are like me, you haven’t heard the word plagiarize since college. Remember the professors warning you against taking credit for someone else’s work? Were you careful to cite the authors you used in your research? While plagiarism in academic circles in unacceptable, it was common practice in early […]

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The Yuck Factor

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The Yuck Factor — What Planned Parenthood Smears, Homophobia, and Middle School Jokes Have in Common Guest post by Valerie Tarico Medical procedures and research are yucky. Good healthcare means getting over it. If religious conservatives have their way, reproductive healthcare will be dictated by the same psychology that drives middle school jokes about genitals, dead […]

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Talking About Religion in Your Skeptical Family

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Guest Post by Karen Leothen I am certain that one of the most-Googled questions by atheist parents today is How to discuss religion with my children as an atheist or skeptic. That’s because many of them were raised in a religion and are trying to figure out just what to do. I used to do […]

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Women Take Over Healing… Again

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  I recently had a medical procedure at a gastroenterology clinic. Yes, that one. I survived, thank you. But what was heartening to me was that each of the medical personnel I saw was a woman: the nurse, the nurse anesthesiologist, and the doctor. A recent study done by the Association of American Medical Colleges […]

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Thanks God for Blaming Eve…Not

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Dressed in my cotton print dress with two scratchy crinolines underneath, I hold my mother’s hand as we enter the gathering area for Sunday school classes. After an opening song, we split up by age group. Cautiously, I enter the first grade room. Fortunately, I know at least three kids. Thank heaven! The teacher, Mrs. […]

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