February 26, 2013
“The Danger of the Light” by Julie Clawson
In this powerful essay from her One Hand Clapping blog, Julie Clawson helps us see light in a way that’s quite different from our usual way of thinking. “As much as Christians like to talk about the light shining into the darkness, we often forget how dangerous light can be,” she writes. “Light reveals things that we would rather keep hidden. Light forces us to face truths we would rather ignore.” See what she says about the church’s attempts throughout history to remove the illumination provided by the female presence in the sacred, or by a recognition and appreciation of the beauty of the human body and sexuality, or by revealing the oppressiveness of hierarchical, patriarchal power.