Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion

Women have made great strides toward equal rights over the past hundred years, especially in the West But when considering the ongoing fight over reproductive rights and equal pay and the prevalence of sexual violence and domestic abuse it is clear that a significant gap still exists With scripture often cited as justification for the marginalization of women, it is timeWomen have made great strides toward equal rights over the past hundred years, especially in the West But when considering the ongoing fight over reproductive rights and equal pay and the prevalence of sexual violence and domestic abuse it is clear that a significant gap still exists With scripture often cited as justification for the marginalization of women, it is time to acknowledge that one of the final barriers to full equality for women is religion Much has been written about the great strides humankind has made in knocking down many long held religious beliefs, whether related to the age of the earth or the origin of the species But religion s negative impact on women has been less studied and discussed This book is a step toward changing that Twenty two women from a variety of backgrounds and Judeo Christian traditions share their personal stories about how they came to abandon organized religion, and how they discovered life after moving away from religious and supernatural beliefs Their words serve both as a celebration of all who have taken similar steps under the weight of thousands of years of religious history and as a source of inspiration for those individuals, especially women, who have deep doubts about their own belief traditions but who don t yet know how to embrace life without falling back on religion.
Women Beyond Belief Discovering Life Without Religion Women have made great strides toward equal rights over the past hundred years especially in the West But when considering the ongoing fight over reproductive rights and equal pay and the prevalence o

  • Title: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion
  • Author: Karen L. Garst
  • ISBN: 9781634310826
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion”

    1. This book has been on my TBR list ever since I heard an interview with Karen Garst on the podcast Cognitive Dissonance. So when I stumbled across it by chance at the library I was very much looking forward to it.And what a great read it was! With books that have multiple contributors I usually find myself bored at some of the essays but this was not the case with Women Beyond Belief. Every woman's essay to me was fascinating and each had very valuable insights. I also appreciate the diversity am [...]

    2. I was really intrigued by the idea of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life Without Religion. I don't have a problem with the concept of God, but I have a massive distrust of the concept of religion, so this was right up my alley. As is common with anthologies, some of the essays are stronger than others, but by and large, this is a good collection.Overall, I only had three main issues with the text as a whole:1) There wasn't a very wide range of women represented, in my opinion. Almost every si [...]

    3. There's nothing in the world more powerful than story.It can, as it did in the lives of these women authors, build a prison around us more seemingly inescapable than any Devil's Island. But it can also turn in flight and take new direction. And the right story can forge a tool to cut the chains of religious bondage and even become a light to lead us from the dark cave of superstition.Here in this book you will find such liberating stories. These are true stories of triumph. Stories that reveal t [...]

    4. I enjoyed these stories of the events and thinking that led to huge changes in each woman's relationship to religion. The book included a satisfying amount of historical background which added depth to the personal essays.

    5. This collection of essays is an interesting look at different writing styles and skills. I saw reflections of my experience in every one of them.I think parents of young children should read this book. Many of the stories describe the insidious ways religious belief is introduced to young impressionable minds, and it may encourage them to inoculate their kids against such influences. (Unless it wouldn't bother them if their kids one day came home and told them they'd been convinced their parents [...]

    6. I was very glad to see this compilation of women's essays surrounding religion's impact on their lives as it is something not talked about often enough, to my mind. It was heartening to hear that others have gone through the same questioning of religious upbringing that I have. It was enlightening to hear first person accounts of being raised in different religions or lack thereof.

    7. I greatly enjoyed the stories of the women who have each left their faith and found new freedom in unbelief.

    8. I really enjoyed reading these stories and could relate to many of them being brought up in a Catholic household. We went to church every Sunday, Catholic elementary school, the whole bit. Completely lost my faith when my father died suddenly and the priest was asking my mother for the insurance money within two weeks. She refused and never went back to church because she couldn't drive. She never heard from the priest or anyone from the church ever again! I really feel I was brainwashed all tho [...]

    9. What an amazing book! I recommend it to anyone who is unsure of how to proceed with leaving their faith or anyone who already has and wants to not feel so alone in their journey. I felt inspired and empowered reading of women, like me, who were Christian and are no longer and living just fine without religion.

    10. - I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via the giveaway."Women Beyond Belief" is a collection of personal essays, in which dozens of smart and successful women detail their path from devoutly religious to atheist. Throughout each response, the common theme is feminism, and the fact that these women were unable to reconcile their beliefs with the religious doctrines that have historically disadvantaged women.As someone who was baptized and attended Catholic schools all my life, [...]

    11. This is a collection of essays by women who come from a variety of religious backgrounds and traditions, all explaining why they have chosen to deconvert and live non-religious lives. I think there's absolutely something to be said for the power of personal stories, which is what this book offers readers. Regardless of one's personal beliefs, it's worthwhile to listen to the voices of others and attempt to understand their experiences.

    12. I won this book on Giveaways. I am still reading it, but so far it has completely caught my attention. It is fascinating how these women have come to give up organized religion. I love reading their stories and I can relate to many of them. Definately a must read! I will write another review when I have finished the book.

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