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The Tree – From Symbol of Life to Symbol of Death

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When one culture tries to supplant another, it often takes key elements that signify something positive in the first culture and turns them into something negative. It is a way of using stories to fight a battle, to win one for your tribe. Mythologies also are not created out of whole cloth. Tales that have […]

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Religion in World History Textbooks

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Some aspects of culture are readily apparent to everyone: we live in different countries, we speak different languages, we wear different clothes, we eat different foods, etc. However, culture also reproduces itself by means that are much less apparent, but just as powerful. Ron and Scollon and Suzanne B. K. Scollon wrote a fascinating paper […]

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Women’s Blood: From Sacred to Shame

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On August 21, 2017, I stood in my backyard in Silverton, Oregon and watched the total eclipse of the sun. Millions of people, just in the United States, travelled to somewhere on the path of the eclipse to witness this extraordinary event. A very young girl interviewed on the news explained precisely what caused the […]

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Biblical Gender Roles for Women. In 2017? Really?

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I must admit that when one of my subscribers sent me the link to the website Biblical Gender Roles, I thought it might just be one person writing about how gender roles had been defined in the Bible… in the Iron Age… when patriarchy was alive and kicking. But no, it is not only a […]

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A Millennial Female Engineer Shares her Views

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Because of the post I wrote last week about Third Wave Feminism and the infamous “Google memo” that resulted in a male engineer being fired, I decided to interview a friend of mine about her experience in the engineering field. She is 26. Her name is Colleen. What is your current occupation? My current title […]

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Third Wave Feminism

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In 2015, I published a post entitled “Who Highjacked the Word Feminist?” In it I discussed how, rather naively, I had chosen the title Faithless Feminist for my blog, not understanding the changes that had occurred to the word feminist since the sixties and seventies. In that post, I gave a very brief history of […]

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10 Common Ways Christian Fanaticism is Obstructing American Progress

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This is a guest post by Shanna Babilonia. While many Christian Americans are thoughtful and productive people simply going about their daily lives like the rest of us, there exist within our country a fanatical segment of Christian followers whose ideology is tarnishing our country and obstructing our progression. Here are 10 common ways Christian […]

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Women’s Equality in Early Sects of Christianity

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Much of my writing speaks to the subordination and denigration of women by organized religion. This blog explores early individuals and groups of Christians that viewed women as the equal of men. While some mention of independent women and their important roles remain in the Bible that was canonized, church doctrine eventually excluded women from […]

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Asase Yaa

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Over the last several weeks, I have listened to a number of podcasts about atheism, feminism, and men’s rights. In addition, I watched the news regarding the G20 Summit and the G19 support for the Paris Climate Accords. I decided to write this post about an African goddess called Asase Yaa who was also referred […]

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Early Women Atheists in the US

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The mid-nineteenth century in the United States was a time of turmoil. The Civil War, fought to end slavery, resulted in over 600,000 deaths of soldiers. Over 400 women served as soldiers, disguising themselves as men. Both men and women joined the abolitionist movement. Most notable of the women abolitionists were Harriet Beecher Stowe, author […]

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