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A double minded deity ?,
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This review is from: The Secret History of Lucifer (Mass Market Paperback)
"The Secret History of Lucifer" is an interesting enough book, but to be honest it didn't really tell me anything I didn't know before. Also the book was a little disjointed and incoherent at times which made me lose interest in it on occasions. Basically this feminist author believes that "Lucifer" does not equate with the Christian "Satan" and is a benevolent spiritual force which drives on intellectual curiosity and human progress. She traces the development of the idea of Lucifer/Satan/the Devil from the Biblical "Fall",noting how the pagan deities Pan and Venus were influential in creating the Christian Devil and how Goddess worship in general became stigmatised as Satanic by a tyrranical and patriarchal Christian church. The author is a Luciferian who thinks that this god of Light , Progress, Warmth and Intelligence is not the same as the epitome of Evil, Satan. Personally I think Lucifer/Satan are just the Devil's alter egos aimed at appealing to different types of people and creating the illusion of there being some sort of panoply of divine beings. That said the author does provide a good critique of Christianity pointing out it's many contradictions and excesses, such as the witch hunts and the Inquisition of the Middle Ages. This book is a good introduction to those who wish to have a broader knowledge of the alternative view of what kind of entity Lucifer is (if he exists) and how the notion of the Christian "Devil" came about.