Category Archives for Women and Religion

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

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  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

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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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The Saga of Women – 33 AD to present

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A savior arrives and dies on the cross Supposedly to save us from sin But women will always be seen As the source of original sin.   He was born of a virgin who knew not men. The seed for life comes from above. In this upside down world that now exists What happened to […]

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The Saga of Women – Part I

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Deep in the back of a cold dark cave The men prepare for the hunt. They paint the pictures of bison and deer As the shaman enters a trance.   At the front of the cave near a warm hearth The women sit down together. They hold in their hands small figurines Carved out of […]

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Bible Based Abortions and the Secret Catholic Flip Flop

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Undoubtedly the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt overturning Texas’ anti-abortion law was a victory for women. The restrictions Texas tried to place on abortion clinics in its H. R. 2 legislation have already had the effect of closing most abortion clinics in Texas. The legislation, a barely masked attempt at […]

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Is Marriage on its Way out?

  Darrell Ray, a psychologist, writes in his book, Sex and God, that most religions “use our powerful sex drives to infect us with ideas that benefit the religion and hurt and inhibit our ability to be truly human.” (p. 23). As I have written previously, religion’s condemnation of sex before marriage has had the […]

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