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Women’s Voices on Leaving Religion

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Last week, I wrote an essay about why there weren’t more women atheists, citing statistics that set the number of men who disclose themselves as atheists at 68% and women at 32%.[1] I post my blog to a number of atheist Facebook groups each week. I have never received so many comments in the two […]

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Why aren’t there more women atheists?

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We all know that the movement called the “New Atheism” was promoted most importantly by the “Four Horsemen.” These men-Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens-all became very outspoken after the tragedy of 9/11. Each of them published seminal books in the first decade of the 21st century. A survey of the […]

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Women in Arabia before Islam

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  I have written extensively about the worship of female deities prior to the advent of monotheism. Many historians will agree there was likely a notion of a Mother Goddess or Mother Earth early in the lives of humans. Everyone knows about the later pantheon of Roman and Greeks gods and goddesses… unless you were […]

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What do menstruation and circumcision have to do with religion?

  Late at night a lone man picks up a piece of ivory. Near the entrance to the cave, a fire is still glowing. He cannot seem to go to sleep. He picks up a sharp flint and carves a figure of a woman with pendulant breasts and a stomach that could only mean pregnancy. […]

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What Ever Happened to Compassion?

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Enter any Christian church in the United States on a Sunday and you are likely to hear each of the verses highlighted in this article at some point throughout the year. Each verse extolls the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. Each verse speaks to the compassion […]

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Can atheist organizations work together?

When my husband and I left religion behind for good, we did not seek out an alternative community. We didn’t explore more liberal churches such as the Unitarian Universalists. We didn’t check out any humanist organizations in the greater Portland, Ore., area. We didn’t inquire if friends knew about any secular communities. We just raised […]

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The Chalice and The Blade

  Raine Eisler’s book, The Chalice and the Blade, written in 1998, has sold more than a million copies attesting to its quality and perhaps its uniqueness. Prior to the 1960’s, there were not a great number of women archeologists. As more and more women came into the profession, new light was given to some […]

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White Women Voters

After the recent selection of Donald Trump as president-elect of the United States, many people have tried to fathom how most of the polls were inaccurate in predicting his victory. Richard Dawkins tweeted that pollsters got it wrong because the people they were talking to simply “were ashamed to admit they were Trump supporters.” Sarah […]

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Women Beyond Belief Podcast Coming Soon!

Wendy Marsman is launching a new podcast entitled “Women Beyond Belief.” She graciously asked if she could use the name of my book “Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion” and I agreed immediately! Here is her story. An Ex’s View of the World I think there is a large group of women who can […]

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Reading with Little Bit: A Critical Look at The Chronicles of Narnia, Part Three

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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Chapter 5 “The professor totally knows about Narnia or he wouldn’t be saying this weird stuff, Mom.” “Yep. Just wait until The Magician’s Nephew.” “I thought so.” We last left off with Susan and Peter, the two oldest children, finally bringing their youngest siblings’ problems to the guy […]

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