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Christianity’s Pagan Borrowings

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“Over the course of centuries, myths are invented, told, and then start to travel as they make the rounds, they are borrowed, reshaped and retold – often to fit a very local agenda.”[1] For most people who believe in a god, a myth is what someone else believes while religion is what they believe. They […]

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Is “Feminism” Done?

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If you have been following my blog for a while, you may have read several posts I have written about the issue of women’s rights and gender equality: the lack of ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) by the United States; the opinion that feminism […]

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Let’s Get Real About The Pill – 8 Other Reasons Women Use Contraceptives

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Guest post by Shanna Babilonia By now, we are all aware of the unnecessary push to regulate the use of birth control amongst women.  Unfortunately, for millions of women across the United States (whose voices are often not heard), some of our leaders and lawmakers are attempting to remove birth control coverage from insurance policies […]

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From Fundamentalist to Feminist

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Guest post by Carlin Ross As women, I think it’s easy to forget our journey. Careers, motherhood, and the constant barrage of life duties and expectations keep you locked down in the present. Sometimes you need to spend an hour or two answering questions about your life story to remember. I grew up in a […]

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Terrorism in Portland – What Can You Do?

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  Last week, I was horrified to listen to the news reports of a man riding on our light-rail system in Portland, Oregon. He suddenly started hurling insults at two women who appeared to be Muslim, one was wearing a hijab. Three men intervened and the man stabbed all three with a knife. Two died […]

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Did God Have a Wife?

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While there is an ongoing dispute among biblical scholars whether Yahweh, the god of the Old Testament, had a consort, I am moving in the direction of yes. First, it is important to realize that the writers of the Old Testament drew upon existing mythologies for their stories. If you are not able to accept […]

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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?

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  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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