Riane Eisler ("Goddesses and Goodness," by Kathleen Hendrix, Aug. 21) has just discovered what feminist theologians began to write about in 1960 with Valerie Saiving's article, "The Human Situation: A Feminine View."
More and more women who feel disconnected, invalidated, and unfulfilled after many years of marriage and children are turning at age 50 to seminaries to find the answers. Last year San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo had more women than men enrolled.
Women are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the pap they are spoon-fed in Sunday schools. Elizabeth Bettenhausen's course on feminist theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, summer 1988, was overflowing. Marvin Chaney's Old Testament course from a woman's perspective at San Francisco Theological Seminary will shatter all ideas of pyramidal structures which dominate and control our Western Society.
Women like Judith Plaskow, Carol Christ, Carol Gilligin, Beverly Harrison, Isabel Carter-Heyward, Elizabeth Schussler-Fiorenza, and many more have been writing, teaching, and lecturing for the past 20 years on Riane Eisler's ideas, but they have been speaking mostly to women in seminaries. These women have their doctorates from Boston Seminary, Yale, Princeton and Harvard, so they cannot be dismissed by those who do not want to listen as "fuzzy-headed, New Age cultists."