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Good insights marred by factual inaccuracies, political correctness, and over-intellectualizing metaphors. Still worth the read if you can slog through these.
I deeply enjoyed parts of this book, such as sections on Fatherhood, so was all the more disappointed with the many factual errors found between the covers that a good editor should have caught. For example, a statement that Isaac attempted to kill his son, when it was Abraham who attempted to kill Isaac. Another example would be the treatment of Isis (Aset) as the 'African' inspiration for the 'Black' Madonnas of Europe, many if not most of which are actually of Celtic origin. Aset/Isis was a Semitic goddess in a culture which, contrary to current popular belief, frequently enslaved black Africans and quite proudly gloated about it. On the other hand, Egypt DID later on become a mixture of African and Semitic peoples often working together, something which would have been interesting for Fox to explore given his promotion of diversity.<BR/><BR/>As a further example, while it MAY be argued that the image of a seated Isis and Horus influenced the iconography of later generations of Marian artists, Fox goes on to conflate these with Kali - the bloodsucking demon goddess of India, who's followers have given us the term 'thugs,' the name of her roaming band of criminals committing murder to provide her with human sacrifices.<BR/><BR/>This sort of facile inclusiveness for the sake of political correctness is hardly an apt image for the sacred feminine and has nothing to do with the Black Madonnas of Medieval Europe (The most famous of which, Poland's 'Our Lady of Cz¿stochowa,' is actually a light-skinned Ukrainian image blackened by the smoke of a fire which occurred centuries after the painting was created) much less the direct experience of her Spirit. Perhaps a far better effort would have been to explore the goddesses Nemetoma, Brigit, and the themes of the Rose, Sacred Well and Hortus Conclusus, along with the theme of 'Our Lady of Cz¿stochowa' as the Survivor and Wounded Healer.<BR/><BR/>In the end, while Fox is to be much commended as a thinker trying to break out of the boxes of his orthodox training and the horrifically patriarchal background of institutionalized and intellectualized Roman Catholic religion, he seems to be unable to free himself of its stifling baggage and methodologies. There seems to be little drawn from what he implies our world really needs: actual, personal, mystical experience and direct communion with the Divine.<BR/><BR/>For those interested in moving beyond intellectual metaphors and theories and into 'direct experience,' I would highly recommend the books listed under 'I Also Recommend.'<BR/><BR/>wkjspirit
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Posted October 6, 2013