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An Update on My Adventures into the World of Podcasting

It seems that this blog has been pretty neglected for a while now. Given my upcoming lecturing and conferencing commitments, this is unlikely to change for the next month or so. However, I thought I should give everyone an update on what has been going on with The Religious Studies Project, and highlight some of the recent material we have made available.

Firstly, we recorded a video last week to tell folk a bit more about the project. Here it is:

Secondly, we have now released seven podcasts on the following topics (follow the links for more):

Thirdly, we have commissioned a number of essays and published some material which will be of relevance to anyone trying to ‘make it’ in Academia.

I’ll try and get back to the blog soon, I promise. Things have just been taking rather a lot more time than expected…


Goddess Thealogy, An International Journal for the Study of the Divine Feminine

If you are interested in this sort of thing…

The Institute for Thealogy & Deasophy is pleased to announce the first issue of “Goddess Thealogy, An International Journal for the Study of the Divine Feminine”

It can be found as a pdf file at


Editorial Introduction
Angela Hope and Patricia ‘Iolana

Thealogy: Mapping a Fluid and Expanding Field by Patricia ‘Iolana and Angela Hope

A Few Thoughts on the Breath, the Soul, the Divine Female and the Virgin Mary in Engagement with Luce Irigaray and Clarissa Pinkola Estés by Rasa Lucia Luzyte

Moonlight of the Divine Feminine: Magnifying Western Cultural Shadow with Women Espionage Agents by Diane E. Greig Rickards

Ruminations on Gaia Consciousness and Goddess Reverence
by Merlin Stone

The Politics of Eco-Feminist Goddess Spirituality, a Theology for a Sustainable Future by Rev. Karen Tate

Footsteps on the Path to Experiencing the Feminine Divine: A Phenomenological Account of a Collective Thealogical Journey in Academia by Angela Hope, Patricia ‘Iolana, Paul Reid-Bowen and Melinda Grube

In Memory of Merlin Stone
Requiem for Merlin Stone by Zsuzsanna Budapest

Remembering Merlin Stone by Carol P. Christ

In Search of Merlin Stone by Bobbie Grennier

Face the Goddess: Kali-Ma by James D. Rietveld

From Scotland to the Aegean Sea: Diving Deep in Conversation
with Carol P. Christ by E.C. Erdmann

Artist’s Corner: Max Dashú

Review: Testing the Boundaries, by Christopher Roussel

No More Virgins*

Oh my… an intriguing post about an alarming justification for stopping Islamic women from driving… apparently they lose their virginity:

No More Virgins*.

To update, my friend just shared the following passage with me after explaining that although ‘we’ may laugh, ‘in the name of protecting virginity many women are subject to measures from practicing purdah and informal segregation, to veiling and at the extreme end of the spectrum FGM and particularly infibulation:

“Virginity is a curtain, my mother says. If a girl jumps down from a height she’ll damage her virginity. It’s a curtain, it can be torn.”
“What are you talking about? It’s a hole. It’s narrow, and then it becomes wide.”
Munis thought about how for thirty-eight years she had been looking out the window at the little garden, assuming that virginity was a curtain. When she was eight years old, they had told her that God would never forgive a girl who had lost her virginity. […] She recalled how, when she was a child, she used to gaze longingly at the trees, wishing that just once she could climb one. But she never had, out of fear for her virginity.
(Women Without Men, Shahrnush Parsipur)

Free Online Journal: Religion and Gender


Religion and Gender
Vol 1, No 1 (2011): Critical Issues in the Study of Religion and Gender
Table of Contents

Openings: A Genealogical Introduction to Religion and Gender (1-17)
Anne-Marie Korte

Feminist Scholarship and Its Relevance for Political Engagement: The Test
Case of Abortion in the U.S. (18-43)
Margaret Kamitsuka

Vital New Matters: The Speculative Turn in the Study of Religion and Gender
Paul Reid-Bowen

Implications of Queer Theory for the Study of Religion and Gender: Entering
the Third Decade (66-84)
Claudia Schippert

Macho Buddhism: Gender and Sexualities in the Diamond Way (85-103)
Burkhard Scherer

Male Headship as Male Agency: An Alternative Understanding of a
‘Patriarchal’ African Pentecostal Discourse on Masculinity (104-124)
Adriaan S. van Klinken

Book Reviews
Review of Joseph Gelfer,  Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine
Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy , London: Equinox 2009
Martin Fischer

Review of Björn Krondorfer (ed.),  Men and Masculinities in Christianity
and Judaism. A Critical Reader , London: SCM Press 2009 (130-132)
Ruth Hess

Review of Melissa M. Wilcox,  Queer Women and Religious Individualism ,
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press 2009 (133-136)
Stephen Hunt

Review of Hannah Bacon,  What’s Right with the Trinity? Conversations in
Feminist Theology , Farnham: Ashgate 2009 (137-140)
Heather McDivitt

Review of K. Aune, S. Sharma & G. Vincett (eds.),  Women and Religion in
the West: Challenging Secularization , Aldershot: Ashgate 2008 (141-144)
Hendrika Petronella van den Brandt

Review of M. Osherow,   Biblical Women’s Voices in Early Modern Engeland ,
Farnham: Ashgate 2009 (145-146)
Anne-Mareike Wetter