The androcentrism of religious books like the Bible, the Qur’an, or the Torah — which by no accident are either the best selling or most widely distributed of books of all time — firmly posits a distorted view of the world with historical pretext of and for the whys and wherefores of human existence.
It is far easier to unlearn this than to condition and contort oneself into such circumscribed devotion. Raised as a baptist I have challenged the rationale of “the good book” as well as their authorships, which by the way are predominately or all male, also by no accident. While I am not an atheist, I am more so drawn to Bahà’í faith, for unitarian reasons, but I can see how and why we have arrived at this patriarchal dominance and view of the world we live in. This saddens me.
Just in case someone is wondering as they are reading this opinion, my interpretation of God is indefinable and unfathomable — just like coming back from the dead to tell what that was actually like. God cannot be rationally perceived as having any quality or characteristic presupposed on our existence. No mere human can explicably determine whether via dreams, or divinity, or through the dissemination of some really popular books about what science can hardly, or ever explain — no matter how long human existence can or is able to persist. To me happenstance and God’s Hand are not opposites, they are one and the same — both concepts cannot be explained or accounted for.
I don’t fault people for trying though, but I do fault those who elevate themselves or their in-groups in the process (religiosity)as having some superior insight on the premise — then using it to segregate, kill, maim, or subjugate others. To marginalize others (of whom are apparently of God’s creation too) with that faulty insight and assumption is contradictory and idiotic. I find it far easier to respect women and treat them as inherent equals rather than spend invaluable time and valuable resources to marginalize their presence — paradoxically, or better yet attempt to diminish our duality.
That duality is easily overstood when you realize how interconnected, interdependent and complementary we are with respect to gender and human persistence. Humanity.