Archive: Wendy Doniger
People are being killed in India today because of misreadings of the history of the Hindus.
By Wendy Doniger | March 19, 2009; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (49)
I am on record as not objecting to any candidate's religious views. But I object strongly when anyone (and especially anyone with political power) tries to take their theology out in public, to inflict those private religious (or sexual) views on other people.
By Wendy Doniger | September 9, 2008; 07:24 AM ET | Comments (979)
If the various faiths of the American people have not taught them to forgive, so that they too might be forgiven, their secular human decency should do the job. Let him (or her) who is without sin cast the first vote.
By Wendy Doniger | August 25, 2008; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (8)
Hinduism is not hobbled by monotheism, and therefore most Hindus do not assume that their god is merciful, or all-knowing, or all-powerful.
By Wendy Doniger | September 6, 2007; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (89)
Super-titles have been an enormous boon in the opera, which is, after all, very much like the church.
By Wendy Doniger | July 12, 2007; 08:26 AM ET | Comments (875)
Sure I’d vote for a Pagan (I think I probably already have, quite often), but I don’t think there should be a Pagan chaplain. There are two different issues here, complicated by the fact that there are two very different...
By Wendy Doniger | July 9, 2007; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (55)
The unquenchable human thirst for life and for justice is what creates heaven.
By Wendy Doniger | June 28, 2007; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (61)
Some Hindu gods promise a deeper, more philosophical peace that comes when you’ve figured out that there is no reason ever to have war at all.
By Wendy Doniger | June 1, 2007; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (24)
Most of our religions are man-made, in the full sexist sense of the word.
By Wendy Doniger | May 28, 2007; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (8)
Forest-dwelling is not necessarily retirement; it is more a state of mind than a plan of action.
By Wendy Doniger | May 22, 2007; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (16)
There really is no mainstream; there are just larger or smaller by-waters.
By Wendy Doniger | May 7, 2007; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (99)
To accept an apology is not only to say I am willing to forget the past, but to say I trust you not to do this again in the future.
By Wendy Doniger | April 27, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (803)
Many religions drive with one foot heavy on the sexual accelerator and the other riding the sexual brakes.
By Wendy Doniger | February 15, 2007; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (114)
Sex and religion are joined at the hip. The most interesting distinction is not between religions that do and or do not traffic in sex but between two aspects of a single religion, one of which regards sex as a...
By Wendy Doniger | February 13, 2007; 09:44 PM ET | Comments (4)
For many, prayer simply comes down to acknowledging that we are not in control of our lives, and hoping against hope that somebody else is
By Wendy Doniger | February 2, 2007; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (30)
Candidates can worship the Great Pumpkin, for all I care, as long as they don’t say the Great Pumpkin told them to do things such as invade Iraq.
By Wendy Doniger | January 30, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (149)
Goddess feminists are whistling in the dark when they argue that everyone used to worship goddesses and that this was a Good Thing for women-the assumption being that women are more compassionate than men.
By Wendy Doniger | January 18, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (152)