All posts by Karen Garst

Has the Women’s Movement Made Sufficient Progress?

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By Teresa Roberts The other day, there was a protest march in my hometown against the anti-abortion movement sweeping the nation. In a midwestern bastion of conservative politics, the turnout was predictably small. I wasn’t in attendance, but the local news reported the event on social media. I already knew what to expect from the […]

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The Case Against Miracles

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Edited by John W. Loftus In a book much shorter than the Bible itself, Loftus has marshalled all the key arguments to prove that people should seriously doubt all religious miracle claims. This book should be required reading in all seminaries. By Karen L. Garst, PhD, Editor of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion […]

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Dangerous Illusions by Vitaly Malkin

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Book review by Karen L. Garst, PhD Religious references are ubiquitous today – in news programs, magazines, movies, social media, etc. It is clear, particularly in the United States, that religion of various strains is alive, well, and kicking. There are many reasons for this, but a fundamental one is that people rarely question their […]

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Civilization Was Invented by Women. What Gave Men the Right to Ruin It?

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By guest writer By Legesse Allyn (Photo: Przemyslaw “Blueshade”​ Idzkiewicz – Egyptian Luxor temple and its sphinx alley. Did a woman supervise its design and construction?) Why Do Women Financially Bankroll Chauvinistic, Misogynistic Bible Religions that Vilify Women? It was reported back in 2011 by GFK MRI, “Survey of the American Consumer,” that 74.9% of […]

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Respectability Among Heathens: Black Feminist Atheist Humanists

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By Sikivu Hutchinson After a barnstorming night of raunchy revelry, the four black women protagonists in the 2017 Hollywood comedy Girls Trip cap off their adventures with a group shout out to Jesus in their hotel room.  Kneeling down in prayer, they thank Jesus and trot out their blessings.  The scene is presumably intended as […]

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Just in Time for the Holidays!

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By Betsy Deville I welcome the opportunity to share my work. I grew up in a small midwestern town and was raised Catholic. I attended Catholic school through college. It was sheltered. I remember both horror and wonder when visiting a public university and seeing a condom in a vending machine! After college, religion was […]

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What about the Kids?

By Shayna Brazier My heart leapt a little when I read the title to a recent news article that said that “none” was the fastest growing religion in the US. I believe I felt so excited about it because it was validation that I was not alone in the journey away from religion. It is […]

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On Puritanism

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by Plato Mamo It is no great secret that the influence of Christianity on the so-called Western civilization has been disastrous. In addition to the disdain of reason and knowledge, the emphasis on subjective, emotional “faith,” the fanaticism, the intolerance and the ensuing atrocities (inquisition, public burnings), the vindictiveness, the hypocrisy, we have a bizarre, […]

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The Chronicles of Narnia – Conclusion

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Alexis Record   “That’s it. That’s the end of the very last book.” “Cool. Can we read something else? Something better?” “…” “What, Mom?” This is the way the Narnia series ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. As we put the large volume back on the shelf for the final time, I […]

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The Last Battle – Chapters 15-16

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By Alexis Record   “Yay! Our bodies crumpled up and we died! Woohoo! We’re so happy!” “Yeah, they did have a weird reaction.” “I hope someone saves them from all this.” “From all what?” “This weird place that makes their heads funny.” “You mean Heaven?” “I guess.” Aslan calls everyone he hasn’t sentenced to his […]

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