Barbara G. Walker’s new collection of essays, many of which were excerpted over the years in Freethought Today, is Man Made God (Stellar House Publishing, 2010).
Walker, a scholar of comparative religion and mythology, exposes the long-lost history of religious ideology and goddess worship while indicting male-dominated cults. The essays cast a critical eye on:
• Religion as big business
• Religion’s effects on children
• The bible as a “moral guide” and “history”
• Biblical infallibility
• The doctrine of “original sin”
• The biblical attitude towards sexuality
• God as “Father”
• Church doctrine regarding women
• Church history vis-à-vis the Dark Ages, the Inquisition and book- and witch-burning
• Christian afterlife traditions
• Traditional Christian origins
Walker is also the author of The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, and The Skeptical Feminist.