Naomi Wolf, one of America's foremost feminist thinkers, has found a spiritual awakening in God after experiencing a "mystical encounter" with Jesus.No one cares about the ownership of her soul. There are many other feminists who similarly project their own experiences into a universal ideology for women.
Wolf, best known as the author of the Beauty Myth, a groundbreaking 1991 polemic against the cosmetics industry that radicalised a generation of young women, revealed the cause of a hitherto unexplained mid-life crisis that set her on a "spiritual path".
In an interview with the Sunday Herald, Wolf spoke publicly for the first time about her vision. Her comments will spark a theological skirmish in the United States and leave her open to further attacks from other feminist critics.
Wolf admitted that, during a therapy session to treat writer's block, she encountered what she described as a holographic image of Jesus. ...
She also expressed apprehension that her faith would be hijacked by religious groups. "I don't want to be co-opted as the poster child for any religion or any agenda," said Wolf, who was brought up in a liberal Jewish household. "There are a lot of people out there just waiting for some little Jewish feminist to cross over. I don't claim to get where this being fits into the scheme of things but I absolutely believe in divine providence now, absolutely believe God totally cares about every single one of us intimately."
Despite pleas to distance her faith from any religion, her admission to seeing the "child of God" will trigger a theological battle between the American Christian right and the Jewish lobby over the ownership of her soul.
Wolf, a one-time adviser to President Clinton, has been attacked before by the Republican right in 2000 when it was revealed she advised Al Gore to start behaving like an "alpha" male in his presidential campaign. ...
In a series of successful books, Wolf has projected her own experiences into a universal ideology for women.
Her critics, led by Camille Paglia, accuse her of being a lightweight.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Naomi Wolf sees Jesus