Category Archives for Women and Religion

The Bible Says What It Says About Women

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Guest Writer John Draper Progressive Christians need to have the proverbial Come to Jesus Moment about the Bible. Earlier this year, the trending hashtag on Twitter was #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear, started, I guess, by a Christian feminist as an afterthought as she was boarding a plane. At least it was trending in progressive Christian circles. The gist […]

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Christianity’s Roots in the Horror Movie Industry’s Anti-Sex Theme

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By Guest Writer Kate Harveston Whether you notice it or not, horror movie plots hold very strong Christian ties. The screenwriters of The Conjuring 2 even did an entire interview with a Christian news outlet about how their movie was “told through the eyes of believers whose strongest weapon is their faith in God.” Christian […]

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The Amazing Barbara G. Walker

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Fairly late in my quest to learn more about early religious beliefs as well as the Judeo-Christian tradition, I stumbled upon the works of Barbara G. Walker. I am writing this post so that you are aware of her work should you decide to study this subject in more depth. Her early attempts to understand […]

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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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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

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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The Chalice and The Blade

  Raine Eisler’s book, The Chalice and the Blade, written in 1988, 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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Women in Secularism 4 Conference

On September 22, I flew from my home in Oregon to Arlington, VA to attend the Women in Secularism 4 Conference. I had not heard about this conference until someone told me about it at the Reason Rally I attended in June in Washington, D.C. I am sure that the first question will be “Why […]

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