Showing posts from October, 2014

The Lord vs the Goddess

Re-Imagining           March 8, 2017 First, I invite readers to learn about the  Re-Imagining movement.  On February 26, I was re-imagining at Mass while listening to the first reading—Isaiah 49: 15: Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! In the past, when I heard passages like this I thought, Lovely, God described in feminine terms! As I listened this time, I thought about the Greek myth I wrote about  in the previous post.  The myth has the Goddess Athena springing fully-formed from the head of Zeus, so that a male god usurps an exclusively feminine faculty. On the basis of this myth, the Greek dramatist Aeschylus justifies matricide ( Scroll down to previous post for the story ). With this in mind, I thought to myself about the Isaiah passage:  It’s lovely, except that the Lord is speaking. No one imagines a female lord. The Judaeo/Christian Lord robs females of

Myths about Mary

The official Catholic Church would have us believe unbelievable things about Mary, the mother of Jesus: that she remained a virgin in spite of giving birth to Jesus, that she was conceived without original sin (assuming it exists), that she was taken bodily up into heaven, and that she was the mother of God without being God. In my experience, hardly anyone knows what “Immaculate Conception” means. I hear it confused with the belief that Jesus had no human father. To explain “Immaculate Conception,” I offer this text written in 1866 : . . . by the sin of Adam man is conceived and born in sin, and obnoxious to [the lord’s] wrath, . . . a woman, after child-birth, should continue for a certain time in a state which that law calls unclean; during which she was not to appear in public, nor presume to touch any thing consecrated to God. She was officially unclean 40 days after the birth of a son, and the time was double for a daughter. (Girl babies made a bigger mess dirt