Saturday, 15 September 2012

Bettany Hughes: Is religion good for women?

Bettany Hughes wonders why women seem to have been written out of the history of religion


Women and the divine have long been intimately linked, but our role in religion has, for thousands of years, been suppressed.
For me as a historian this is mind-boggling.
Like it or not, women have always formed 50% of the human population; and yet we generally occupy around 0.5% of human history. With religion, those statistics are reversed. It is strikingly clear from archaeological and historical evidence that women have at various times in history played a key role in faith.

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