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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: O Books (28 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905047819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905047819
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Laughing Jesus is a manifesto for Gnostic mysticism. Freke and Gandy's exposition of Gnostic enlightenment is lucid and accessible; their critique of Literalist religion is damningly severe." Robert M. Price, professor of scriptural studies, Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, and editor of The Journal of Higher Criticism "This book is stunning, mind blowing, faith producing, goodness showing, God revealing, scientific paradigm shifting and potentially world saving. I was enthralled, I was uplifted, I was saved and I am beyond motivated to spread the word. This book, in it scope and its veracity, is maybe the most important book in terms of revealing spiritual truths since books like The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras and The Spanda Karikas." Patrick Wells, producer of I Love You to Death starring Keanu Reeves "The Laughing Jesus is a daring and thought-provoking book. Read it and nothing that you thought about the great monotheistic religions will ever look quite the same again." Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods "The Laughing Jesus should be considered not merely a good read, although it is, but also a matter of burning urgency, for this is one of the most important books that has emerged in this infant millennium." Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words

About the Author

Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy are the authors of The Jesus Mysteries, which was a top 10 bestseller in the UK and USA, and a "Book of the Year" in the Daily Telegraph, and also Jesus and the Goddess, which was cited by Dan Brown as an inspiration for The Da Vinci Code. Timothy Freke has an honors degree in philosophy and is the author of more than twenty books on world spirituality. He lectures and runs experiential seminars throughout the world exploring gnosis. Peter Gandy has an M.A. in classical civilization and is an internationally respected authority on the ancient Pagan Mysteries and early Christianity.


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The book is essentially in two parts, which must be reviewed separately - part 1 succeeds brilliantly, part 2 can only be recommended for the reader unfamiliar with non-dual philosophy.

The first part systematically dismantles the literalist interpretations of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, showing how their original messages have become totally distorted by their politically motivated, power-seeking leaders over the centuries. The scriptures on which they are based are shown to be without historical foundation and quite likely the fabrication of extremists. As a result, their essential message has been lost and the metaphorical teachings are now taken as literal truths. It ought to be compulsory reading for the fundamentalists in all religions and recommended for the ordinary believer. The world might then be a much safer place!

Logically, the second part ought to reveal the non-dual origins of the three religions in Gnosticism, Kabbalah and Sufism. In fact, it only tackles the first of these. My own knowledge of this is limited to having read Osho's `Mustard Seed' commentary on the St. Thomas Gospel. However, non-dual is non-dual so that the essence of any such teaching must be the same. Although Freke & Gandy acknowledge this ("we are all one"), most of what is presented here is clearly dualistic. The message comes across as wanting to have one's cake and eat it, as the saying goes, i.e. to gain the knowledge, beauty and simplicity of the truth... but for oneself as an individual. Nevertheless, for the reader who has no prior knowledge of non-dual philosophies, part 2 can still be recommended since the subject is presented in an appealing light which might stimulate further reading. The book overall is well-written and extremely readable.

Dennis Waite, author of "Back to the Truth: 5000 Years of Advaita"
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I enjoyed this book, especially the second part. First half did not hold much new information for me, but I understood the need for it and let's face it, gnostics still have an axe or two to grind with what they call "literalist" christians and admittedly, Time Freke uses the filet knife quite expertly and I always enjoy seeing a craftsman at work.
Strangely enough it's not what stayed with me after reading the book, and I suppose that was the intention as he would say, to remember the baby, not the bath water.
It was very nice to be reintroduced to the ideas and tradition of gnosticism that had interested me a long time ago but fell to the background.
This book, at least for now, had brought it back into my life again and I consider that a good thing, a chance to renew, rediscover which is a gift not as often appreciated as one might think.
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A must read book for all interested in human development and spiritual awareness. An easy read and the place of organised religious in the development of our society becomes clearer. It will help those with blind faith to think and question their assumptions, whilst providing an historical context for those who are more discerning. A smashing book
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The opening of 'The Laughing Jesus' is brilliant. Freke and Gandy manage to make a compelling case for an examination of the historical basis for a literal interpretation of scripture. They highlight recent events of 9/11 but also talk about the crusades and the role literal interpretation of religion has played throughout the ages. After this, however, things go pear shaped.

The authors declare boldly that what is needed in this current age and what they are going to do about the current crisis in the world:

"Our response is to mount a full-scale assault on the pernicious idea that God writes books."

And so the task begins. This is the 3rd Freke and Gandy book i am reading and its clear that they know what their 'trump card' is; it's their attack on the historical existence of Jesus. This is where they have been most successful and this is material highlighted by numerous other scholars. Thus we get a chapter that examines this, regurgitating the material of 'The Jesus Mysteries', entitled 'The Most Famous Man Who Never Lived'. This is their forte and they deliver their arguments in much the same style as in their previous books.

Either side of this chapter, however, are two chapters that sadly do not live up to the same standards as the other. I am aware that they are mounting their 'full scale assault' but this should not mean that their style of writing should suddenly become tabloid in nature. The quality drops dramatically. Provocative, and at times filthy language is used to insight reactions from those reading the text. The arguments given are very flimsy and easily countered in nearly all cases. Following this full on assault of Judaism and Islam we then enter in to the section of the book detailing Gnostism as they way forward.
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Chapter 3 is my favourite bit. It's where the meat is. The rest of the first half is okay if you're into books and the second half of the book went on about how to awaken yourself, which didn't fit the first Atheist part of the book.
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