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What religion besides Wicca or Witchcraft doesn't threaten women for being lower in class?

I have the feeling that only women know about certain topics, such as witchcraft, that I would not like most people to know. I’m talking especially people who claim Christianity and practice meditation (or the like..) at home.

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  1. The Gnostics never considered women to be inferior, that is a creation of Paulianity. Paulianity is a creation of the Roman Catholic Church.
    Gnostics believe that they have secret knowledge about God, humanity and the rest of the universe of which the general population was unaware. It became one of the three main belief systems within 1st century Christianity, and was noted for four factors by which differed from the two other branches of Christianity: Novel beliefs about Gods, the Bible and the world which differed from those of other Christian groups.
    Tolerance of different religious beliefs within and outside of Gnosticism.
    Lack of discrimination against women. Although Jesus treated women as equals, and Paul mostly did the same, the other Christian belief systems started to oppress women in later generations.
    A belief that salvation is achieved through relational and experiential knowledge. In the words of The contemporary Gnostic Apostolic Church, humanity needs to be awakened and brought “to a realisation of his true nature. Mankind is moving towards the Omega Point, the Great day when all must graduate or fall. This day is also the Day of Judgment in that only those who have entered the Path of Transfiguration and are being reborn can return to the Treasury of Light.”
    The movement and its literature were essentially wiped out before the end of the 5th century CE by Catholic heresy hunters and the Roman Army. Its beliefs are currently experiencing a rebirth throughout the world, triggered in part by the discovery of an ancient Gnostic library at Nag Hammadi, Egypt in the 1940s, and the finding of the Gospel of Judas at El Minya, Egypt, in the 1970s.

  2. I’m sorry but could you please clarify what you are asking? Your explanation is a little hazy…..
    But most Pagan religions do not place women as inferior to men.

  3. Christianity raises the status of the woman, “There is neither male nor female in Christ” and “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church, and gave His life for her.”
    Christianity clearly goes beyond not threatening women, to elevating women to a much higher status than was considered before Jesus came.

  4. There are pockets of Christianity more welcoming to women; Episcopalians and modern Quakers come to mind, in addition to the Gnostics mentioned above. Reform Judaism is kinder. Gender equality is upheld in the Baha’i faith, believing women to be spiritually stronger. Zoroastrianism makes similar claims but not practices — like Bible literalists, they also think women are easily deceived. Unitarian Universalists are egalitarian towards gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and pretty much any other demographic you can think of.
    Unfortunately, spiritual equality does not alway translate into gender equality, and you’re left with fundamentalists defending the Bible by insisting “submission isn’t the same as oppression/women serve men so men may serve God/the head can’t function without the neck” and so on. I hate to see other women complicit in arbitrary gender preference.

  5. Witchcraft is not a religion 😉
    Aside from Wicca, many of the pagan faiths hold women in high standing as representative of the goddess.

  6. The ancient Egyptians thought women to be equal, if not higher in status. They were an embodiment of the goddess and hsould be treated as such. Today, their religion is called Kemeticism.

  7. There are many male witches and wiccans as well. We believe in balance and equality. Women hold no more power than men, and men no more power than women.
    And the way you phrase your question, sujests that you, yourself, view women as lower class. I would hope that would not be the case.

  8. You can’t honestly categorize entire religions as per how they view women. There are millions and millions of Christians who see men and women as absolutely equal. Even the Catholic church, which will not let women do a few things (notably be priests), officially states that man and woman are created equal, but not identical. There are tasks meant for men and tasks meant for women.
    Likewise, there are many Muslims who also see the genders as equal, but not identical. Women don’t wear veils because they are inferior. They wear them because that is their culture’s idea of modesty for women. Men are also expected to dress modestly, but their are different expectations for them. (consider the Saudi princes and how they cover everything but their hands and faces with white robes and head coverings.)

  9. Try Buddhism or Unitarian Universalism
    As for only women knowing about Witchcraft… don’t make me laugh.
    Ever heard of Scott Cunningham (the most famous Wiccan EVER? Alister Crowley? Gerald Gardner (the founder of Wicca)? Raymond Buckland? Christopher Penczak? Not to mention the THOUSANDS of Wiccan/Pagan/Witch men who aren’t famous. Sorry but that one’s a fail.
    What exactly is un-Christian about meditating? Are Christians not allowed to do Yoga either? Please! And what do you mean that “you would not like most people to know?” In case you haven’t noticed, there is zilch secrecy left in Wicca/Witchcraft.

  10. I don’t know of any religion that specifically threatens women. It is how the tenets of that religion are perceived that leads to any lowering of their status or direct threat.
    Secondly, your question is worded poorly, and can lead to misunderstanding. Though I am not Christian now, I was raised Christian, and I never read nor was taught anywhere that meditation conflicts with Christian belief.
    As for only women knowing about Witchcraft, perhaps you should educate yourself on such figures as Dr. G. Gardener, Aleister Crowley and Alex Sanders?

  11. Druidry.
    Thelema (ish. I’ve heard some women complain about some of the rites though)
    Unitarian Universalism

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