Dear Richard and friends,
I want to say thank you for pure and unadulterated enlightenment in the 21st Century. I am a University lecturer in English literature and cultural studies and have education to thank for so much.
I am a recovering Christian, thankfully. From a tiny girl, I was sent to convents and was taught by nuns. It was a simple life. We said mass every morning in the chapel and as you entered the vast, over-indulgent room, we had to pass by a huge, very intimidating statue of Jesus on the Cross. It scared the living daylights out of me. And it did indeed, put the fear of God in me…
I attended private schooling up until A-levels where I attended a normal, F.E. college. By this time, I knew for certain that I was not a Christian, I was not a Catholic and I did not agree with the closeted world of the women of Christ who educated me…in fact this is where my views really started to form and feminism is very, very dear to my heart (and as I’m sure you know, we are not “post” anything!)
Over the last couple of years, perhaps because subconsciously I felt I needed some religious framework in my life, after all, it had been present since I was three years old. I wanted to track my heritage so Paganism became the new concept. I loved feeling a connection with my distant past and for example, appreciated a Pagan’s love of the natural world. I always read my horoscopes and defined myself accordingly…
Until, The Age of Reason series courtesy of the marvellous Channel 4. I am a true convert. I am an educator. And now, I am free of the indoctrination that told me I was evil and dirty because I was a girl, I am free of the patriarchal lies that entrapped me. And I have you to thank. But thank you just doesn’t seem enough.
I am about to embark on my PhD and I now do so with a truly free mind.