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Distorted by Polemics,
This review is from: Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief (Paperback)
I bought this book with significant expectations. Being a critic of the influence of the Christian church over the last 2000 years as well as an interested reader and practitioner of Gnostic teachings I was hoping to find a truly intriguing and new perspective on the subject. Mr.Lamb Lash certainly had the opportunity to provide this - given his depth of knowledge and contextual references.
Unfortunately what made him waste this opportunity completely are (1) his own emotional bias against the Church and for what he believes to be Paganism and (2) his hugely polemic and un-objective approach to the subject. Bring these two together and the result is a book that is distorting its subject to a degree where it becomes useless to the interested reader. Subsequently Mr. Lamb Lash falls into the same trap the early Church Fathers fell into already, only in reverse: Instead of painting the new Christian faith as the path of salvation he evokes the impression that the ancient European Pagan life-style was heaven on earth producing "sexual and sensual pleasure" as "natural by-products of love and reverence felt for the earth." (p.44).
Instead of wasting one's time and money on this book that over-simplifies historic facts - or leaves them away completely - in order to support the personal vendetta against the Christian church, I recommend the following books as much more balanced alternatives. For the interested reader on Gnosticism I recommend R.A.Gilbert's new book on the subject; for the reader interested on a justified and objective critic of the damage 2000 years of Christian church have done to European culture I recommend Karlheinz Deschner's complete works - especially his history of Christian church "Abermals krähte der Hahn".
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2014 12:46:12 BDT
Ah yes. Gilbert and yourself... over educated and under intelligent. This is ironically the central theme of Gnosticism. Gilbert's book is pompous and verbose. ie he is an over trained academic as I suspect are you.
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