In this provocative new series, Bettany Hughes tells the stories of the extraordinary women whose legends and lives cast new light on some of the hottest arguments about the role of women in religion today. And drawing on cutting edge scholarship and archaeological evidence, she reveals what her favourite women in religion tell us about the lives of the real flesh and blood women of their day.
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Download your free 16-page booklet which explores five controversial areas around goddesses and women in religion Read more: Download your free Divine Women booklet
Interviews with women in religion
Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris talks to the Open University's Graham Harvey Watch now: Video Interview: Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris
In this video, executive representative at the Hindu Council UK, Ano Rao, discusses her role and the general role of... Watch now: Video interview: Hindu leader, Ano Rao
In this video Elizabeth Stuart, Bishop in the Liberal Catholic Church International, talks to the Open University's... Watch now: Video interview: Catholic bishop, Elizabeth Stuart
Air your views!
What are your views on the role of women in religion in the past, present and future? Vote in our polls and share... Read more: Divine Women: Discussion Hub
Bettany Hughes uncovers evidence women were present at the birth of religion and encounters fearsome goddesses who... Read more: Divine Women: Episode one - When God was a Girl
In episode two Bettany Hughes uncovers the lost era of the priestess and visits Lesbos, home of the poet Sappho and,... Read more: Divine Women: Episode two - Handmaids of the Gods
In the final episode, Bettany Hughes discovers how the period known as the Dark Ages was in fact a golden age for a... Read more: Divine Women: Episode three - War of the Words
Ever wondered why Karl Marx thought religion was like Opium - or whether religion is possible without a god? Voiced... Watch now: 60 Second Adventures in Religion
Try this unit where you'll explore key concepts and methods of Religious Studies Read more: Study unit: Studying religion
Try this unit which looks at the role of religion in shaping ideas, world-views and actions that have an impact on... Read more: Study unit: Religion today