Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Your new book, The Witch of Portobello, is critical to religion when doctrine is stronger than compassion and effort to serve. Did someone warn you against the eventual controversy caused by celebrating the Great Mother – or did you even warn yourself sometimes?

I always knew the potential for controversy in this book but I also thought that the feminine side of God is increasingly being recognized. People are no longer interested purely in religion, what matters now is personal faith. And you can see that this preoccupation is taking the lead in all nations despite the extremisms that, unfortunately, are more visible.