i’m reading a fairly good book right now: The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Believers, Seekers, and Those in Between by Kaya Oakes.
(obligatory ehhhhh-ing about spectra and a constant “seeking”/questioning, and where do you plot atheists and quoi folks who reject this model)
it’s one person writing about interviewing a lot of other people, but with so many direct quotes it almost feels like an anthology. there’s definite bias, but it’s farrrr better acknowledged and balanced then the trite Finding Your Religion by McLennan, a UU reverend who subscribes to universal “faith stages” and an all-beliefs-are-simply-different-perspectives-of-the-same-thing homogeny that i abhor.
anyway. those, plus Inside/Outside by Jenny Hayworth, and numerous online articles (including Leong’s on negative identity, which i’ll post about soon), are what i’ve been reading. and i watched the militant atheist documentary The Unbelievers on netflix.
now. Oakes just mentioned that “islam” is the arabic word for “submission” — and a quick search seems to confirm this is true specifically for the religious usage.
combine this with “i surrender all” (one of the christian songs i deeply remember), the altar calls to give yourself up to god, and of course “wives submit ye to your husbands,”
along with how Hayworth talked about being subordinate to the jehovah’s witness community/elders and trained to suborn her concerns to their interpretations and doctrine,
and also how dawkins and krauss talk about throwing away anything contradicted by (current) fact, and how one must trust the scientific process and nothing else,
….and i’m wondering if submission = fundamentalism / dogmatism, or what.
aaaaaand i throw in wonders about submission as empowering/freeing, and kink. and then wonder about 24/7 and safewords and ongoing consent and having alternative options to get those needs/desires met.
submission is not a bad thing, but it is certainly a heavily exploited thing. (“real power” is nooot in the hands of the submitters, etc.)
and forced liberation without listening to the individual is, y’know, coercive and savior politics and maybe colonialist?
i guess what i’m wondering is, how do individuals navigate submitting/not to their beliefs? (letting alone organizational structures.)
the whole “let go and let god” and being at peace with que sera sera. but when is that hindering.