One need not believe in God, G_d, G*d, Godde, Goddess, or the Divine to work as a religious scholar. One need not be a member of a faith community to do quality work in the field. Christian hegemony being what it is, many women have paid a high price for their public agnosticism, atheism, and/or belief in Goddesses. There is a subtle pecking order here, too, with Christianity on top, then Judaism, followed by Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and on to the many other traditions, with pagan and Wiccan folk toward the bottom. This is a regrettable and changing phenomenon, one rendered ridiculous by the increasing religious pluralism of an increasingly globalized world. However, it is a real factor in our field and must be recognized in order to be transformed.