Is it really true that religion makes people more kindly, generous, or loving? History tends to disprove this. The worst wars, the most vicious Inquisitions, the cruelest pogroms and persecutions, were both fomented and supported by religion.
Men of patriarchal cultures have been committing heinous acts in the name of their God ever since they created a god for themselves. It seems that the earlier, goddess-oriented, nature-centered religions were far less cruel.
Since St. Augustine announced that Eve – and, hence, collective woman – was responsible for original sin, rabid sexism has been a major pillar of patriarchal religious tradition.
Marriage finally became acceptable to the churches when laws were established that could make it a means of depriving women of incomes and property, and making wives the equivalent of slaves.
Patriarchal religions, like Judaism and Christianity, established and upheld the ‘man’s world.’
I see my role as a scholar announcing that women’s feelings of unworthiness and insecurity often may be traced to training in a male-oriented religion, and I’m trying to investigate a richer spiritual life for both sexes.
When I was 35, all of a sudden I thought maybe it’d be nice to knit a sweater.