Lost Gods Hardcover – 8 Aug 1977
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Classic work by John Allegro, it showed me things I never thought about, You will read it again and again. great ref book about the subject matter.
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Some twenty-five million years ago Man's primate ancestors embarked on a hazardous road that would lead one day to his controlling the evolutionary process itself, and thus achieving the means of engineering his own extinction. Man's response to that awful burden of self-determination was to create for himself a god and to still his self-doubts in the solace of religion.
Thus arose Man's need for religion, for the knowledge that there does exist a 'superforce', a divine leader whose authority is paramount and who will give reassurance to Man's future.
In his stimulating new book, John Allegro examines the ancient gods, religious ideas and cults through the myths of old and the work of archaeologists and anthropologists. He shows how many of the old primeval beliefs persist into modern theological thought, isolates those common elements that appear in otherwise widely disparate cults and philosophies, and draws some challenging conclusions about Man's insufficiencies and religious strivings.
The author of The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross has taken another equally fascinating and controversial look at the evolution of religion.