That’s an interesting subject for a screenplay. Western religions are pretty patriarchal and misogynistic. The more feministic interpretations of Christianity were some of the heretical ones that were pushed aside because they couldn’t be easily universalized in the ancient world under the auspices of Rome.

As I say in the long article on religions, “Rather like Jains, Muslims think of themselves not as converting to a foreign mode of cognition, but as reverting to the universal purity of human nature, as exemplified best by Abraham and Muhammad. Putting aside the propaganda, what this concept seems to express is the intuition that the hunter-gatherer’s egalitarian way of life, as exemplified by the Bedouin, is more authentic than the sedentary, allegedly more civilized lifestyle, an intuition Muhammad would have formed from his experience of the economic inequality at Mecca.”

Regarding Judaism, ‘To grow to achieve monotheistic status, Yahweh first had to absorb the powers of the Canaanite pantheon in the Jewish imagination. That’s why “El” lost its meaning as the name of a distinct deity and became a generic term for “god.” Baal was at one time the storm god, but then Yahweh became identified with the storm, as in Psalm 97…The goddess Asherah was assimilated to Yahweh’s Shekinah, to his divine presence and feminine aspect. And to graduate from being merely the greatest god to the only one, Yahweh had to take on the cosmic and apocalyptic aspects of Ahura Mazda.’

Yahweh’s overall character seems not just masculine but toxically so, perhaps because his historical path to becoming the only god required that he gobble up all the others.

I’ve written a few articles on the potency of femininity and masculinity in politics. Don’t know if that’s relevant, but here are some links.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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