The Resurrection

I abandoned humanistaction.com not long ago as I was working through some difficult questions. One of those questions was, “What place is there for a feminist theologian who is as equally suspicious of the atheist/humanist movement as she is of traditional religion?” After a lot of thought I have come to the conclusion that there is no place for me at all. I have also concluded that I simply don’t care. I am not unique in this. Many women have not seen themselves reflected in the religious or secular movements of the world and we have historically been adept at creating our own spaces, both communally and individually. For far too long I have been obsessed with how “useful” my work is and thus, did not present as much of it to the world as I otherwise would. I judged usefulness simply as the number of people who would find my work helpful. But I no longer care. Therefore, I am resurrecting the site as a testament to nothing. It will simply be a place where I can further my own learning and explore and engage with anyone who feels they’d like to engage. If, as a consequence, some people find my work helpful or useful, all the better. But I will no longer see it as the point.

So tell me, what have your own struggles been, both within and without traditional religion and the secular movement? Have you found a home? Are you like me, a humanist who finds her expression within religion? Or the reverse, a religious person who finds the secular community more welcoming? Do you think the divide between religious and secular, as commonly described, to be too simplistic? I’d love to hear from you.

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One thought on “The Resurrection

  1. Heya, Autumn.

    I don’t like the secular / religious divide. A lot of my spiritual concerns (about the sacredness of women and men, the sacredness of sex, of the body, of nature, for examples) necessarily have consequences in the secular world. Ideas gathered from secular realms (in my case a lot from sociology of religion, post-colonial theory, post-modernism, feminist intersectionality theory) must inform my spiritual practice and organization.

    It’s sometimes useful to distinguish between interactions that are principally engaged with the supernatural, or with the spiritual, or with the sacred, from those in the various other realms of life. But even more often, it’s not useful, except to adapt my language or approach to make it easier for me to communicate. So, translation, but not accepting that there’s a difference in kind between sets of ideas dealing with facets of similar experiences.

    best,

    Sam Wagar

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