September 26, 2018

Asma Barlas suggests (in implicit contrast with Christianity) that Islam is not a theological patriarchy, because the Qur’an rejects designations of God as a father.[i]  She defines patriarchy as “father-rule and/or a politics of male privilege based in theories of sex...

July 15, 2018

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A recap: The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian America, in which a fundamentalist patriarchal cult has taken control. Dwindling fertility means that some fertile women are forced into the role of handmaids to commanders – the high status men...

March 9, 2018

Here in Tanzania, when you become a Christian, you give up drinking alcohol. There’s little cultural distinction between drunkenness and social drinking or drinking in moderation, so becoming a Christian requires a wholesale rejection of alcohol. Meanwhile, many Austra...

March 6, 2018

My hackles always rise a little when people make statements about “what the Bible says about women” because (at least from my reading) outside of the story that Jesus died for all sinners, including both women and men, the Bible doesn’t follow a narrow cultural narrati...

December 17, 2017

Since the ABC’s exposé of domestic violence within churches on the 7:30 program, I have watched with sadness, anger and dismay at the ensuing debate. I knew that when the program aired it would bring up a plethora of painful memories for many. I underestimated however,...

November 25, 2017

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, this article is dedicated to:

- All women and girls who experience violence and oppression

- All the women and men working to end discrimination and violence against women

- All the women and men who rela...

October 20, 2017

The previous two posts discussed shame ascribed to women, and embodied in women’s bodies.  Jesus’ interaction with women who carried socially ascribed shame enabled their public vindication.  Jesus took on the shame of human bodies in his incarnation and particularly i...

October 19, 2017

In the last post we discussed how shame (and blame) is often ascribed more to women, including in situations of crisis or violence.  Rather than avoidance or even private counselling, thus colluding in the hiddenness and trauma of shame, Jesus openly encountered women...

October 15, 2017

Here is a list of twelve (including five Australian) female theologians (in alphabetical order) you should know about, a little about them and a link to their site / work. Happy browsing!


Christina Cleveland, is a social psychologist, public theologian, author and pr...

August 15, 2017

I just watched a programme
about women
not being permitted to drive
in Saudi Arabia

nor do many other things

it prompted this...

When Jesus,
the Word Incarnate
(John 1:1-18)

in a garden
on the first day of the week
while it was still dark

(John 20 context
for Jews...

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