New website for author, columnist Barbara Walker
Lifetime Member Barbara G. Walker, a formerly frequent columnist for Freethought Today, has a new website linking to and showing her former writings, books and other musings.
In the mid-1970s, she became part of the “new feminist wave,” writing the monumental feminist/freethought sourcebook, The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (1983). Her many other books include The Skeptical Feminist (1987), Man Made God: A Collection of Essays (2010) and Belief and Unbelief (2014). An atheist, she has also specialized in debunking irresponsible, New Age assertions about crystals.
She is also a knitting expert, writing 10 volumes, including the classics Treasury of Knitting Patterns and A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
She pulled no punches when it came to criticizing religion, including prayer:
“I was always bemused by the implication that God was malleable, so open to manipulation by humans. If God had made up his mind to do things a particular way, to lead us into temptation on that particular day, for example, who are we to talk him out of it? Was he really so weak and malleable that a few words from some insignificant humans could change his intentions? And if he was not so, whatever was the point of all the prayer? It was an insoluble puzzle.”
The American Humanist Association named her “Humanist Heroine” in 1993, and in 1995, she received the “Women Making Herstory” award from the New Jersey NOW.
You can access her website here: bgw.works.