Our website seeks evidence on the links between ‘religious’ prejudice and culture. We need evidence based on facts, evidence that is researched and studied, evidence that has been published in creditable academic publications. We need evidence from across religions that may establish a pattern followed in a variety of human societies. This will enable us to analyse more fully what human forces of original understanding and new interpretation are involved.
We acknowledge the extensive research done by women scholars in religion and theology across the world. We invite scholars to contribute to this research from their own work or scholars in their religion. As we gather evidence and scholarship from all over the world and from the different religions, let us look at these with new eyes and ask new questions. We also ask younger women to read the material presented and ask new questions, bring new perspectives and topics so that we broaden our horizons. Men and male scholars are also invited to bring their questions and insights into this discussions so that together we enter into a common struggle against all forms of prejudice against women from every source.
We aim, ultimately, to examine and refine our findings through international collaboration in an academic WIKI. This in turn will lead to a joint publication that may lead to fruitful changes in some of the world’s religions.
To explore our hypothesis, we have, for now, started three discussion lines, while being open to suggestions of other discussion lines that you may have to further deepen our analysis and understanding:
- Religion, culture and prejudice against women. What evidence do we have that prejudice against women arose from cultural sources rather than from religion itself? We run this discussion at the end of this page.
- Religious texts and prejudice against women. Were scripture and tradition influenced by the patriarchal context in which they arose? Does this imply that these religious text need to re-interpreted in our own time? Join the discussion here.
- Is ‘God’ himself/herself the cause of prejudice against women? If ‘God’ is not the cause, how do we know? What evidence do we have to prove this? Join the discussion here.
On this page we discuss these questions: does prejudice against women attributed to religion, actually come from its cultural background? Does this apply to every religion? Can we prove this from various examples? Are you aware of academic studies in which evidence about this has been published?