Man Made Godby Barbara G. Walker
"Man Made God" is a series of articles by the author of "The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myth's and Secrets." Extraordinary independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology Barbara G. Walker takes us through a journey back in time to when the Goddess and her consort/son ruled supreme, into the era when the patriarchy usurped Her worship, right up to Barbara's own personal experience being raised a Christian.
In this remarkable collection, Walker turns a critical eye towards:
-Religion as big business
-Religion's effects on children
-The Bible as a "moral guide" and "history"
-The doctrine of "original sin"
-The biblical attitude towards sexuality
-God as "Father"
-Church doctrine regarding women
-Church history vis-à-vis the Dark Ages, Inquisition, and book- and witch-burning
-Christian afterlife traditions
-Traditional Christian origins
-And much more...
A brilliant exposé of the long lost history of religious ideology, including goddess worship, and a scathing indictment of the male-dominated cultus. No beating around the bush, no nitpicking details, no confused questioning of what was-Walker cuts straight to the heart with her profound understanding and matter-of-fact conclusions.
A frank and exceptional analysis, this powerful book "Man Made God" unveils mysteries that have perplexed mankind for millennia, and unravels detrimental religious ideologies that have been plaguing humanity for equally long.
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I need this in the Nook book form. Thanks, Gean
Barbara G. Walker is amazing and has written another useful tool for the advancement of women. The book is chalked full of information in blunt layperson's terms, easy for anyone to read. A must read for anyone interested in understanding mythology and religion, and its effects on women and thus... all of humanity.
As the editor of this book, I worked with Barbara G. Walker's material for months, lovingly taking a diamond in the rough and polishing every facet to produce a magnum opus of unusual importance. Knowing this work inside and out, I can attest that Barbara Walker stands out as a leading light not only in the world of women's spirituality and lost mythological traditions, but also in the world of freethought. Barbara's clean and clear take on reality vis-à-vis religious beliefs and ideas dating back many thousands of years to the present is both spot on and refreshing. This book "Man Made God" expresses her deepest insights on the nature and history of religion, formed over a period of many decades, as Barbara enters her octogenarian era. Such wisdom is hard to find on planet Earth, so it was with tremendous delight and honor that I worked so diligently to bring forth this momentous masterpiece of erudition and sagacity. I have been a fan of Barbara's for many years, and I knew immediately that what she had gathered in these well-written essays was valuable not only for women but also for the world at large. If everyone on the planet knew the facts and possessed this perspective of reality, we would all be much better off. Although she is tackling extremely contentious and difficult issues, Walker is always measured and steady in steering us through this journey from antiquity to her own experience being raised a Christian. This book gives a marvelously digestible taste of Walker's own story of deconversion from Christianity based on sound observations beginning in her childhood. In that sense, the book is a tour de force not only as concerns analysis of mainstream religion but also within the "Leaving Christianity" genre. As an example of her profound insights that led her to unbelief, in discussing the influence of Bible myths, Walker remarks (104): "We sing the hymn, 'Morning Has Broken,' which speaks of the Garden of Eden 'fresh from God's Word,' and of God's literal footstep on the first grass. We may think of it as a nice poetic metaphor, though the writer of the lyric obviously thought of it as the truth. But the story of Eden is not a nice poetic metaphor; nor is it true. It is a lie born out of ignorance, and what's more, it is a pernicious lie that has caused an unimaginably huge amount of unnecessary human suffering over the centuries. It is the source of the doctrines of original sin, female inferiority and the damnation of disbelievers. The evils rooted in this myth still continue. There are still millions of people willing to kill or to die for Old Testament lies. There are millions of people who despise scientific enlightenment, who forbid real education for their children, who hate their neighbors if they disagree with Bible mythology. Battles are still fought, and will go on being fought, over religious nonsense. This is one of the greatest of human follies: Perhaps this is even what might be called the real original sin." As I relate in my "Foreword" to "Man Made God," Barbara's analysis of the contents and history of the Christian gospels rates as one of the sanest around, making much more sense and based far more on the evidence (and lack thereof) than is the received Christian tradition. As audacious as I can be, Walker makes some wonderfully direct comments that only she can "get away with," so it has been with great glee that I have re