Audio Blog- Karen Garst – 5 Reasons Why Organized Religion Fears Educated Women
Dr. Karen L. Garst is the author of Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion. She and I are working together to tell the stories of women who have left religion and why more should do so. Her book received reviews from Richard Dawkins, Valerie Tarico, Peter Boghossian, Rebecca Hale, John Loftus, Sikivu Hutchinson and others. The book is a collection of personal essays from 22 women from diverse backgrounds who tell their stories of leaving religion. From various Judeo-Christian traditions, they talk about the shame, guilt, and oppression religion imposed on them and how they freed themselves from its grip. She is also working on her second book which will be a collection of persuasive essays from women atheists, most of whom are already authors such as Valerie Tarico, Abby Hafer, and Candace Gorham.
Karen has a blog which can be found at www.faithlessfeminist.com. This podcast episode is the 5th in a series where Karen records the audio version of her blog articles. In the 1st section, she reads a guest post by Carlin Ross titled, “From Fundamentalist to Feminist”. Ross grew up in a Christian Fundamentalist home with no formal schooling. Amazingly, she escaped and attended college with the aid of social services. She and Betty Dodson now have a blog where they write about feminist-based sex-education.
In the 2nd section of this episode, Karen reads a guest post by Shanna Babilonia titled, “Why Organized Religion Fears Educated Women”. Babilonia wrote for years for her website about secular personal development. Her blog had over 20,000 subscribers. Because she has a young child in school in a Bible-belt state, she stopped writing. She gave Karen permission to share this blog article.
Karen’s blog: faithlessfeminist.com
Guest Blog #1 – From Fundamentalist to Feminist (Carlin Ross)
Guest Blog #2 – Why Organized Religion Fears Educated Women (Shanna Babilonia)
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