Wendy Doniger

Stories by Wendy Doniger
The Battle over Hindu History

For years, some Hindus have argued that the 16th century mosque called the Babri Masjid (after the Mughal emperor Babur) … Continued

All Beliefs Welcome, Unless They are Forced on Others

Belief in god, like getting pregnant, is a private matter between consenting adults (or one consenting adult and one or … Continued

A Politician Taken in Adultery

“Forgiveness” comes in many shapes and sizes, from this sort of politically important, largely ritualized statement from a highly public … Continued

Letting God Off the Hook

In our culture, disasters such as Katrina and 9/11 are often the occasion on which we confront the problem of … Continued

Super-Titles for the Kingdom of Heaven

The controversy about the Latin Mass involves two very different issues, form and content. Both of them could be solved … Continued

A Chaplain for Every Soul

Sure I’d vote for a Pagan (I think I probably already have, quite often), but I don’t think there should … Continued

Hell is Other People; Heaven is Other Dogs

“Are there dogs in heaven?” someone once asked Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of several wonderful books celebrating the pleasures of … Continued

Gods of Peace and Gods of War

Traditionally, war has strengthened faith. “There are no atheists in foxholes,” we say (a cliché against which the official organization … Continued

The Mutual Dream

Surely not only religion but all gods are made by humans, imagined by humans. The Greek philosopher Xenophanes was right … Continued

The Forest-Dweller Stage of Life

In the midst of the great city of Chicago, I live as a forest-dweller. Forest-dwelling is where I am now … Continued