Spiritual inspiration for women of faith: scripture and the struggle for hope

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Spiritual inspiration for women of faith: scripture and the struggle for hope

Religion has always traditionally been a male dominated area and it is one of the few places where women are still excluded from full participation across the board. The belief systems we have today come from texts and scriptures written by a collection of different people thousands of years ago. The problem with this, for women anyway, is that the large majority of the people who wrote these texts were men. Therefore, the religions built on these texts have ended up favouring one gender over another. Understandably this has led to women questioning the relevance, of theses stories told from a male point of view, to their lives. Alicia Suskin Ostriker questions: “What is the relation of the female writer to the male text, the male story?.. And how, where, do I locate myself with respect to the looming male tradition of religion, myth, philosophy and literature.” Where can women find their own narrative within this male dominated story, and where can they find spiritual inspiration in scripture, the majority of which is male dominated?

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