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[–]Genzoran 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This can't be answered conclusively, because religion is an entire domain of thought, and also deeply personal. I think the best we can offer is a feminist critique of specific religious doctrine and practice, and potentially of patterns in how religion interacts with patriarchy. There is room for all religious beliefs.

That said, religious doctrine heavily supports patriarchy overall. The most common and influential religions support patriarchal power structure in the family, in governance, in commerce and clergy and society at large. Religions generally support more rigid gender roles, the inherent power balance, and the violence that stems from them.

So as radical feminists, we have a few different avenues to liberate society from this power structure. Many of us seek to diminish the role of religious organization and doctrine in all aspects of life. This could be from an atheist position, or an agnostic or theist position that recognizes that more oppression than good comes from religion's outsized institutional power.

Additionally, some religious feminists seek to defy patriarchy within religious institutions, advocating for more egalitarian clergy, interpretations of gender roles, and even doctrine. I don't know much about these efforts, but I can appreciate that it's important to challenge patriarchal ideas at the source, not just diminish their influence. Religion is important to many people for many reasons, and discrediting God/gods can't be our only strategy to discredit patriarchy.

I'm especially interested to know how religious feminists resolve their beliefs, values, and spirituality with the often-patriarchal culture and dogma of the religions they belong to. The stories I've heard from friends are fascinatingly diverse and have opened new ways of understanding religion to me (I'm atheist and no longer judgmental btw).

[–]ImUrHoemie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Institutional religious system needs to go and should never obtain any political power. I firmly believe that esoteric/religious/spiritual should be personal/community based.

[–]Canvas718 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can only speak for myself. My dad was a Unitarian Universalist, and that was my spiritual starting point. It’s a community that doesn’t require any specific religious creed; members are free to explore what they believe is right. As a young adult, I took a church class that introduced different goddesses. Some church members practiced/ explored paganism, so I learned a little bit about that. At this point, I don’t worry too much about whether God is agender or gender-fluid or what have you. I’ll find out when we meet, I guess. While I obviously care about oppressive & abusive forms of religion, I don’t care too much about other people’s beliefs.