41 – Audio Blog #8 – Karen Garst – Instilling Shame and Guilt is Child Abuse (Karen Garst), Teaching an X-rated Book to a G Audience(Marsha Abelman)

Audio Blog #8- Karen Garst – Instilling Shame and Guilt is Child Abuse (Karen Garst), Teaching an X-rated Book to a G Audience(Marsha Abelman)

Audio Blog- Karen Garst – Instilling Shame -Karen Garst, Teaching an X-rated Book -Marsha Abelman Women Beyond Belief

Dr. Karen L. Garst is the editor 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 8th in a series where Karen reads two posts from her blog  www.faithlessfeminist.com. The first blog, “Instilling Shame and Guilt is Child Abuse” is written by Karen discussing the essay by Ann Wilcox, one of the 22 women authors in Karen’s book. Ann was in a fundamentalist religion and even 30 years after leaving it, she is haunted by the shame and guilt that was instilled in her at a very young age. The second blog, “Teaching an X-rated Book to a G Audience” is written by Marsha Abelman, another of the authors. She talks about her “aha” moment when she was asked to teach the story of the Levite and his concubine in a Sunday school class.

Blog #1- Instilling Shame and Guilt is Child Abuse

Blog #2 – Teaching an X-rated Book to a G Audience

Karen’s Book: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion

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