Atheist feminism and religion
It is extremely common for atheist feminists to see religion as the main source of sexism and oppression in the world despite: the widespread sexism within the atheist population/atheist movement; irreligious men engaging in more domestic abuse than religious men (See: Irreligion and domestic violence); the most secular countries of Europe have significant domestic violence problems (see: Secular Europe and domestic violence); and atheistic communists regimes have been the most murderous and repressive regimes in world history (see: Atheism and communism and Atheism and mass murder and Atheism and forced labor and Communism and religious persecution).
Atheism and mass rapes
Early Christianity and women
Christianity Today declares:
|“|| Women were the last disciples at the cross and the first at the empty tomb. they remained integral to the work of the church in its early centuries. Catherine Kroeger scours historical data to compile an impressive collection of stories about noteworthy women in the early church.
One of the best-kept secrets in Christianity is the enormous role that women played in the early church.
Though they leave much unsaid, still, both Christian and secular writers of the time attest many times to the significant involvement of women in the early growth of Christianity.
Atheism, Darwinism and male supremacist ideology
The evolutionist Charles Darwin wrote in his work The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex:
|“||... a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than can women—whether requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands. If two lists were made of the most eminent men and women in poetry, painting, sculpture, music (inclusive of both composition and performance), history, science, and philosophy, with half-a-dozen names under each subject, the two lists would not bear comparison. We may also infer, from the law of the deviation from averages, so well illustrated by Mr. Galton, in his work on “Hereditary Genius” that ... the average of mental power in man must be above that of women.||”|
Dianna Newman and Nora Hale wrote in their Southern Evangelical Seminary website article Does Christianity Oppress Women?
|“|| Broadly speaking, two ideologies stand behind this question of oppression, and it is by looking at the ideologies themselves that we can begin to form a rational response to the question. The two ideologies are what may largely be construed as (1) Humanistic or Darwinian ideologies and (2) a Christian theistic ideology. By looking at each of these, the goal is to find out whether one, both, or neither endorses female oppression. We also intend to find out which ideology offers a solution to what is apparently a human phenomenon.
Begin by looking at the issue of oppression through the lenses of Humanism/Darwinism. Roughly speaking, Darwinism is a collection of ideas which posit that in any given environment the strong survive to future generations while those who are weak in that given environment do not survive to future generations. Darwinism hinges on the notion that not only is this “weeding out” of the weak a natural process, but it is also a necessary process. Social Darwinism posits the same idea that biological Darwinism does—namely that in the social world, those who “rise to the top” of the social ladder do so because they possess something that the weak don’t.
On a Darwinian view, such things are to be expected. Immediately you can see the difficulty that Darwinists run into. If, according to Darwinism, it is natural and necessary that the strong outlast the weak, then what basis do the weak have for complaining that they are being outlasted? If Darwinism is the backdrop against which non-theists view oppression, why would there be dissatisfaction when Darwinian principles run their course and a group experiences oppression? Darwinians should expect for a group in society to be oppressed; they should expect female oppression since women, by nature, can easily be overpowered by men.
Of course, the irony is that most Darwinists do have a problem with oppression. They believe (and rightly so) that women should not be oppressed. Christian theism believes that oppression of any form should not be happening. In other words, the differences between men and women are such that they complement each other—the differences themselves do not entail oppression. In stark contrast to Darwinian principles, Christian theism is justified in saying that when oppression happens, it happens because of man’s sinful nature.
Atheistic China and sex-selection abortions
See also: Asian atheism
China has the largest atheist population in the world. The current atheist population mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia primarily among whites. See: Western atheism and race
Due to sex-selection abortion and female infantcide, there is a gender imbalance within the Chinese population.
According to 2012 figures from the National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China, China’s sex ratio at birth (the number of boys born for every 100 girls) was as high as 118, while the sex ratio amongst the total population was about 105. The statistical data from China indicates that the gap between male and female at birth is far larger than the biologically benchmark ratio (a sex ratio at birth of around 105 males per 100 females).
- Atheism and feminism, Oxford University Press Blog
- Feminist Philosophy of Religion, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- When feminism becomes a religion, The Atlantic
- Do Atheism and feminism go hand and hand? A Qualitative Investigation of Atheist Men’s Perspectives about Gender Equality
- Roberts, Andrew. "Stalin's army of rapists: The brutal war crime that Russia and Germany tried to ignore", Daily Mail, 24 October 2008.
- The Neglected History of Women in the Early Church, Christianity Today
- Does Christianity Oppress Women? by Dianna Newman and Nora Hale, Southern Evangelical Seminary website
- "The largest atheist/agnostic populations". Chris & Terri Chapman. Countries with the largest atheist populations.
- *Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)
- A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, Washington Post By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey May 23, 2013
- Fisher, Max and Dewey, Caitlin (May 23, 2013). "A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live". The Washington Post website.
- National Bureau of Statistics of China, Beijing, China
- Poston, L. D., & Glover, S. K., Too many males: marriage market implications of gender imbalances in China, 2005