By John Lamb Lash
Basing a lot of Not in His Image at the Nag Hammadi and different Gnostic writings, John Lamb Lash explains how a little-known messianic sect propelled itself right into a dominant global energy, systematically wiping out the nice Gnostic non secular lecturers, the Druid monks, and the shamanistic healers of Europe and North Africa. They burned libraries and destroyed temples in an try to silence the traditional truth-tellers and continue their very own secrets and techniques. yet as Lash unearths, while in reality the planet Earth it can't be hidden or destroyed.
Not in His Image delves deeply into the shadows of historic Gnostic writings to reconstruct the tale early Christians attempted to clean from the pages of heritage, exploring the richness of the traditional ecu Pagan spirituality--the Pagan Mysteries, the good Goddess, Gnosis, the myths of Sophia and Gaia--and chronicles the annihilation of this Pagan ecu tradition by the hands of Christianity.
lengthy sooner than the delivery of Christianity, monotheism was once an anomaly; Europe and the close to East flourished lower than the divine suggestions of Sophia, the traditional goddess of knowledge. The Earth was once the embodiment of Sophia and therefore sacred to the folk who sought success in her presence. This historical philosophy was once threatening to the rising salvation-based creed of Christianity that was once in line with patriarchal dominion over the Earth and lauded own anguish as a route to the afterlife. As Derrick Jensen issues out within the afterword, in Lash's fingers Jesus Christ emerges because the agent provocateur of the ruling classes.
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In colloquial Latin usage, a paganus was a peasant, a villager, said without a derogatory or dismissive spin. " This suggests that not only the local boundary markers, but the country folk themselves, were grounded in the place they inhabited. " This derivation suggesrs that people who are implanted in the place they inhabit have a pact with the land, a moral commitment to the environment. ",o This association implies that bonding to place makes community possible, not only by sharing the resources of the place, but by delimiting what is to be shared.
But, in historical terms, it belongs to the CONQUEST AND CONVERSION untold millions of New world narives decimated by the European onslaught, their ways of survival shattered, their holy sites desecrated, their sacred knowledge and practices condemned as heresy. According to the faith, the bread broken at mass is christ's body substantiated. But according to history, it is the ravaged body ofthe earth, the narural paradise plundered for its resources. "" what lies concealed in the ultimate foundations of religionf For the gnosto(oi, skilled in theological debate, the element of the emergent religion that most alarmed them was the redeemer complex.
Upon arriving in the Americas after 1500, European colonialists found a "Stone Age" culture that had not claimed the land in the same way their Europan ancestors had. Yet there was more similarity than difference to observe. Why did the invaders regard the natives with such coldness and hostilityl The beliefs that drove them to the Americas also blinded them to what they found there. Confronted with the natural paradise of the New World, the invaders were incapable of seeing entation. The peoples who emerged its parallel in their own origins, unable to see their ancient pre-Christian myths reflected in Native American beliefs and customs.