When God was a Girl - Bettany Hughes
From the dawn of time, men and women have felt the need to worship. To make sense of life and what lies beyond. To find a purpose
and to bring a shape to human existence. Women have always been at the heart of our relationship with the divine. But this part of
the history is often hidden.
Quote: If you leave out Jesus and the apostle Paul, it's perfectly possible to tell the story of early Christianity without
ever mentioning a man.
For thousands of years, all over the world, religion has shaped the lives of billions. This is why I want to go back to uncover the remarkable and neglected stories of women and religion. Their stories can unlock the secret history of the world.
I start at the beginning. At a time when women were thought to be sacred. Creators of life who were touched by the divine. Found at the birth of organised religion. Some were fearsome goddesses who controlled life and death.
And I go to a place where divine women are still all-powerful today.
I'm going in search of the world where goddesses ruled the heavens and the Earth.