by Beverley Clack
from Modern Believing Vol 57:3 - July 2016

Abstract:

In 1999 I wrote an article ‘on leaving the church’ (Craske and Marsh 1999). In this article I revisit this theme having recently returned to church. I explore the themes that led to me leaving (the Christian contribution to the history of misogyny and the desire for liberation, coupled with the desire to have the freedom to think); themes which, paradoxically, are not dissimilar to the reasons behind my return. The paper engages with the reductionist functionalism of the dominant social and political paradigm of neoliberal consumerism, and engages with Michele Le Doeuff’s claim that the framework provided by religion for life is attractive, precisely because it allows the uncertainty and a deep engagement with the realities of being human. 

Keywords:

CHRISTIANITY, CHURCH, FEMINISM, LE DOEUFF, NEOLIBERALISM, PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION, RELIGION, WISDOM


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