In ancient times many cultures and peoples believed that God was a woman. Deity was worshipped as the divine feminine in many forms throughout the world. These beliefs, although not as mainstram as they once were, are still alive and the feminine aspect of God retains Her presence in the world today.
One place where She manifests in via many pages and dedications on the internet. Where the old edifices of the maculine-oriented religions of Medieval times are still upheld, there is a quiet revolution as many people are returning to the concepts and ideas around the divine feminine.
One such internet focus is "Goddess of Many Names", on Facebook, where its creator has taken the philosophical concept of divine femininity and developed it, showing various historical manifestations of "The Goddess" as well as supporting feminist causes in the world.
She or he has presented the page as a "new open religion (really a philosophy) of the heart for all" and has written several short articles on how to really make this idea real in your life.
A key statement on the site is that it aims "to help create positive change for women and bring balance in this world". Furthermore, it suggests that "any women's movement would benefit from a strong spiritual backbone created by the realisation of the Divine Feminine in everyday life. Maybe not so much as a religion but as a philosophy and vehicle for daily contact and communion with that divine source of inspiration. Veneration and focus on the Goddess in our lives can do this."
What I like about the ideas on this website is that an alternative view is presented as well as another option for women (and men) who are fed up with the old patriarchial religions, yet want something more in their lives. It is probably true that the patriarchial religions, particularly Christianity, Islam and Judaism, plus aspects of Hinduism; are the cause of many of the problems in the world, particularly since they have become entrenched, outdated and overly dogmatic. The loss of the true spirit of any of these religions and the failure of their adherents to really try to practice what was taught has led to a focus on dogma and the letter of the law, and by consequence an increase in wars and conflict, plus problems associated with abuse of power in the world.
I applaud the new web foci for the feminine approach to deity and hope that they will grow, so that finally perhaps a balance will be achieved in the world and the patriarchial religions shall be seen for what they are. Then they will either fade or change to become more focused on putting their principles into action than rhetoric and destruction of others.
Signs of the fossilization of patriarchial religions will include naming feminine religions as "Idols", blaming women for undermining masculine religious authority, condemning women and feminine religions as "evil" and at worst, inflicting harm on those who choose a feminine manifestation of deity.
However, as history has shown, when people develop a strong belief and live by its real principals, they will probably overcome and become stronger than their assailant.
The Divine Feminine approach to religion, the Goddess religion, is likely to become significantly powerful in a gentle and positive way. Its priestesses will be ordinary people who choese to self-dedicate to their Goddess; and will not seek to gain power through this.
The Goddess is indeed alive in the world again.