- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (4 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099281198
- ISBN-13: 978-0099281191
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 995,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pagan Resurrection: A Force for Evil or the Future of Western Spirituality? Paperback – 4 Oct 2007
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Controversial study of the rise of paganism suggesting that the pagan god Odin and not Christ is the single most important spiritual influence in western civilisationSee all Product Description
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The author, a British television presenter, has drawn heavily from Joscelyn Godwin's brilliant Arktos and Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke's not-so-brilliant Black Sun. The book is published by a division of Random House, and thus one must put up with the somewhat patronising reassurances that so-and-so is absolutely, definitely not a Nazi, or that such-and-such had some distant relations who "fought in the Norwegian resistance against the Nazi invaders" etc. etc. But despite this, and despite the highly subjective structure of the 'biography' (and lack of an index) the book is worth possessing. If Odinism is to make forays into the mainstream, it could do a lot worse than this book, which is nothing if not engagingly written. In fact the summing up in the last chapter 'Ragnarok and After' has the air of being written by someone consciously formulating his ideas for the first time, testing them out in public so to speak. There is nothing wrong with that - it gives the book a direct feel. The author has what he feels is an urgent message to get across. What that message is will be examined in the course of this review.
Before addressing the themes listed above, we should first examine Rudgley's take on spirituality and the nature of belief.Read more ›
Rudgley, an anthropologist by trade, is becoming a familiar face to history channels and documentary programs and he has an avid interest in Paganism and pre Christian beliefs and has a series of books and productions, such as, Lost Secrets of the Stone Age, Barbarians and more recently Pagans in his impressive body of work. In this book he moves from the more factual work of his past into a more psychological exploration of North European Paganism and who it has fared in the hands of a minority.
The book begins in fairly familiar territory, a study of Paganism in a general sense, Odinism in particular and a look at Carl Jung, the pagan prophet as he is sometimes known and his views on the re-emergence of the Odin archetype. As Rudgley goes on to expand on and bring up to date, the idea of an Odin philosophy lies buried within North European tradition, harks back to a time before Christ and is as benevolent as it is benign.Read more ›
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I wasn't sure what to expect of this book after seeing a short description in a bookseller's paper, but it interested me enough to sek out a copy. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2009 by The Observer