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Religion and Sexual Shame

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By James A. Haught The World Health Organization once estimated that more than 100 million couples around the globe make love during a typical day.   Sex is a powerful human force.   It’s natural, healthy, normal and wonderful. However, Western religion has spent millennia tainting it with shame, guilt and punishment. Holy men equate […]

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On Atheism

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By Plato Mamo   Many Christians and perhaps some postmodern relativists like to accuse the atheists of being just as fanatical in their rejection of God as the Christians are in their belief. We, they say, choose to believe; you choose to deny his existence. Your obstinate refusal to accept God’s own revelation renders you […]

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Part III: The Society of Outsiders

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Karen Bridges   In parts I and II of this series, I discussed how Virginia Woolf illustrated the variety of ways religion played a role, not only in forbidding women from attaining education and employment, but insisting that it was the “natural order” of things. Religion was one of the many tools by which men […]

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Part II: The Archbishop’s Commission and the Power of Passivity

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Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas, and the Role of Religion in the Rise of Fascism By Karen Bridges   In Part I of this series, I discussed Virginia Woolf’s writing on the role of religion in preventing women from getting an education. I will now turn to Three Guineas’ examination of the state of employment for […]

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Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas, and the Role of Religion in the Rise of Fascism

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Karen Bridges Part I: An Educated Man’s Daughter  Three Guineas was the last major work that Virginia Woolf would publish before her death. Part scrapbook, part hypothetical epistolary, part polemic essay, it defies any rigid categorization and is remarkable in its premise. It begins simply enough: the anonymous narrator, the “daughter of an educated man,” […]

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The Virtue of Doubt

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    The beginning of wisdom  is found in doubting;  by doubting we come to the question,  and by seeking  we may come upon the truth. Pierre Abelard (1079-1142)   By Karen Loethen I want to give this idea some thought, the idea that doubt is a virtue. Let’s unpack it a little. I would […]

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YOU’RE DAMN STRAIGHT I’M A ONE-ISSUE VOTER!

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  By Ann Wilcox   One evening I was at dinner with my philosophy discussion group. The talk turned to politics and current events, and the man next to me began to complain that his wife was a “one-issue voter.” “She just votes for the candidate that’s pro-choice, without thinking about their position on anything […]

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We Are Screwed!

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  On June 30, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. They ruled that the craft store (Hobby Lobby) could have religious views and therefore could refuse to provide certain forms of birth control to its female employees under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It was this event […]

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Yahweh Takes over Fertility… and Women’s Rights

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by Karen Garst Clay figurines from 50,000 years ago may be our earliest example of the human understanding of the importance of childbearing. If the clan or tribe didn’t reproduce itself, it would not survive. Most of these clay figurines are of women. The ones with large bellies or breasts might have been made to […]

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It Has Seven Genders and Can Mate with the Other Six!

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By Karen Garst Had I been a more adventurous young woman or born at a later time, I am sure that I would have pursued biology as my field of study. I remember learning about evolution in my ninth grade science class in the 60s. I was hooked. I wrote a paper about early man […]

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