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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown I've always considered it a crying shame most versions of Christianity are unable to tolerate any challenge to their theoretically monotheistic, hierarchical, all-male trinity. Consequently it does not surprise me in the least to find Mariolatry (or worship of Mary, the "virgin mother" of Christianity) was and still […]

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Originally posted May 2004 Thanks to Don, who was right when he told me I really should read this book! ;-)

The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible with Apocrypha However, one must keep in mind what one is studying. The situation for women may have been either better or worse than is actually shown by the included books of the accepted New Testament. It is a sure bet these books have been either edited or […]

The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible with Apocrypha A quick review of how women's treatment in the early Christian church changed, as the fledgling church moved from 'cult' status to being part of the societal 'status quo.' The evolution of a cultural phenomenon can often be tracked by its response to independent thought, minorities, […]

I was enthralled by my correspondent's enlightening statement to me, and I spent some time trying to figure out where my spirituality was. Eventually I concluded it was not a particular location or animal in which I found the sacred — it was more the concept of the wilderness, of Nature itself as iconic of […]

I was already working hard on mental independence, unconsciously using Gross's "hermeneutics of suspicion" (121); looking back, I think my fierce desire for physical independence, and my complete disinterest in certain sexual positions I considered demeaning, stemmed from that understanding. Since then I've also had recommended (but not yet read) Peggy Reeves Sanday's Femininity & […]

It was no surprise, therefore, to discover the other two Religions of the Book (Judaism and Islam) seemed equally reprehensible in their treatment of women. I was boggled to discover Judaism seemed to consider women not only "unclean" whenever they performed the absolute miracle of birth — but that a girl child was somehow filthier […]

Childhood Spirituality & Implications Durkheim's definition of religion was a huge relief to discover in my early college years; it was a clear explanation for vague and inchoate beliefs I'd held since childhood. At that time, of course, I was not consciously aware of the iconic, near-reified nature of the various flavors of christianity my […]

Paper written Fall 2008 for the Women's Spirituality Master's Program class Women, Religion, & Social Change; with professors D. Grenn & M. Rigoglioso. Bibliography (with amazon.com links included) at paper's end. Introduction My final paper for the "Women, Religion, and Social Change" class is based on the question: "What are the social, ecological, spiritual, political, […]

Paper originally written for a fascinating The Bible as History & Literature class, circa the late 1990's. In the time of the Diaspora, the Jews must have suffered a great crisis of faith. In fairly rapid succession, they got to see their lands overrun by foreign barbarians, their property confiscated, their families enslaved or sent […]

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.

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