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!Download Book ⚖ Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief ♲ Basing much of Not in His Image on the Nag Hammadi and other Gnostic writings, John Lamb Lash explains how a little known messianic sect propelled itself into a dominant world power, systematically wiping out the great Gnostic spiritual teachers, the Druid priests, and the shamanistic healers of Europe and North Africa They burned libraries and destroyed temples in an attempt to silence the ancient truth tellers and keep their own secrets But as Lash reveals, when the truth is the planet Earth it cannot be hidden or destroyedNot in His Image delves deeply into the shadows of ancient Gnostic writings to reconstruct the story early Christians tried to scrub from the pages of history, exploring the richness of the ancient European Pagan spirituality the Pagan Mysteries, the Great Goddess, Gnosis, the myths of Sophia and Gaia and chronicles the annihilation of this Pagan European culture at the hands of Christianity Long before the birth of Christianity, monotheism was an anomaly Europe and the Near East flourished under the divine guidance of Sophia, the ancient goddess of wisdom The Earth was the embodiment of Sophia and thus sacred to the people who sought fulfillment in her presence This ancient philosophy was threatening to the emerging salvation based creed of Christianity that was based on patriarchal dominion over the Earth and lauded personal suffering as a path to the afterlife As Derrick Jensen points out in the afterword, in Lash s hands Jesus Christ emerges as the agent provocateur of the ruling classes A brilliant book which examine the roots of all Abrahamic religions as derived from the destruction of the Mystery Schools in Alexandria Clearly explains the development of salvationist and redemption theology against the backdrop of ancient eco feminist Gaia belief The research is amazing and the conclusions brilliant and supported by the Qumran and Nag Hamaidi remnants Amazing stuff There s a lot on the Web about John Lamb Lash Some of the data is contradictory On the one hand, he s represented as an autodidact, as a college dropout On the other, a PhD is attributed to him There s even disagreement about his birthdate Given the sketchy, eccentric character of this book I strongly suspect he had little academic training.The book is not entirely without merit The critique of Abrahamic dominator religions as being anti nature is certainly worthy of consideration, Chris There s a lot on the Web about John Lamb Lash Some of the data is contradictory On the one hand, he s represented as an autodidact, as a college dropout On the other, a PhD is attributed to him There s even disagreement about his birthdate Given the sketchy, eccentric character of this book I strongly suspect he had little academic training.The book is not entirely without merit The critique of Abrahamic dominator religions as being anti nature is certainly worthy of consideration, Christianity in particular having a poor historical record, its orientation being otherworldly Its advocacy of deep ecology is something I appreciate.However, Lash s appropriation of the historical record is, most charitably stated, extremely tendentious For one thing, he claims an essential unity to pagan traditions in general and to pagan mystery cults in particular, setting them in opposition to the monotheistic religions without much recognizing that these very pagan traditions were the matrix out of which the Abrahamic religions arose Indeed, Judaism, itself of henotheistic Hebrew roots, is hardly of a class with its semi derivatives, Christianity and Islam As regards the assertion of pagan unanimity, the record certainly does not support his bold claim Indeed, he seems unaware of much of the counterevidence For instance, he asserts that pre Christian Europeans did not practice human sacrifice p 49 Is he unaware of the archaeological evidence of the Bog sacrifices in Denmark of the ancient Roman practice of live burial of Moloch offerings in Punic Europe of the Roman accounts of Druidic practices What is one to make of his repeated assertion of the life affirming culture of what he calls Europa in the face of the misogyny, the slavery, the wars, the infanticide, and the slaughters recounted in the pagan histories and evinced by the discoveries of the archaeologists and where, for that matter, does he get the idea that the mass suicide at Masada occurred in 86 C.E Lash s rosy representation of an idyllic pre Christian Europe is as absurd as much of the Christian apologetic To make matters worse, Lash adopts the recently invented term Gnostic to typify his supposedly univocal mystery cults, entirely ignoring its normative scholarly application to beliefs which were radically dualistic Instead, he picks and choses, focusing on the occult texts in the tradition of the Pistis Sophia and, to make matters worse still, attempts to reconcile a dubious reading of them to modern physics whereby, incredibly, he treats her, the Pleroma, the Anthropos, the Christos, the Aeons and the Archons as if they were real, substantial beings and the myth, treated in such a way, as reconcilable with contemporary science His three planet thesis and this business as a whole makes one wonder not only about the author s scholarly aptitude but about his very sanity.This is definitely not a book for those unfamiliar with European antiquity and the history of religions, nor is it worthy of the attention of those who do have such familiarity.PS For some reason the date started function in Goodreads isn t working today I started this book at Xmas, having received it as a gift Thick layer of interpretations and opinions are drawn from weak evidence I were muchhappier with the book if it were presented as an opinion piece.The author, I am guessing an auto didact with little scientific background, has indeed read widely and presents the Gnostic thesis with much enthusiasm but in a one sided way and with little intellectual rigor My conclusion is that the patterns he sees in ancient history tellof the inner life of a modern American than of ancient world R Thick layer of interpretations and opinions are drawn from weak evidence I were muchhappier with the book if it were presented as an opinion piece.The author, I am guessing an auto didact with little scientific background, has indeed read widely and presents the Gnostic thesis with much enthusiasm but in a one sided way and with little intellectual rigor My conclusion is that the patterns he sees in ancient history tellof the inner life of a modern American than of ancient world Reading it with some distance, the book may still be worth consuming This is the quintessential book that must be read by anyone who previously or presently has espoused the Abrahamic religions Judaism Christianty Islam The author is the most learned scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi Codices, and other Coptic texts he shares with us the true meaning contained in these textual materials.The trends humankind currently follow will be completely dissected and analyzed and exposes what has been kept hidden from view, in order that we may discern fol This is the quintessential book that must be read by anyone who previously or presently has espoused the Abrahamic religions Judaism Christianty Islam The author is the most learned scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi Codices, and other Coptic texts he shares with us the true meaning contained in these textual materials.The trends humankind currently follow will be completely dissected and analyzed and exposes what has been kept hidden from view, in order that we may discern folly from truth Ultimately, our attention is directed towards true Gnosticism and not some diluted, christianified version of it Anyone seeking self awareness enlightenment ought to give this a good study even if only toclosely examine those ideals you re holding onto during and after the process the only serious book i ever read three times 22AUG2016 It started out as juicy and focussed and I enjoyed it very much until the author began to simply rewrite what has been written many times before Lash went from objective, pagan and academic to writing about theist characters as though they had credence His criticism lost me there It s as though he became tired It s difficult to maintain, I realise, in a world that andocentrises its mysteries and then talks about them as though they were distant relatives Didn t finish it. Really liking this book, can t put it down An anti Christian polemic, a scholarly study of the beliefs and cosmology of the Nag Hammadi era Gnostics, and a clarion call towards gnosticism in it s truest sense for our modern world, this book astonished me while it moved and inspired me to study what Gnosticism truly was It goes beyond trying to show that Christians were a quaint, varied lot like many modern, popular writers try to do like Elaine Pagels and Karen Armstrong Instead, John Lash shows that the Gnostics and the rest of th An anti Christian polemic, a scholarly study of the beliefs and cosmology of the Nag Hammadi era Gnostics, and a clarion call towards gnosticism in it s truest sense for our modern world, this book astonished me while it moved and inspired me to study what Gnosticism truly was It goes beyond trying to show that Christians were a quaint, varied lot like many modern, popular writers try to do like Elaine Pagels and Karen Armstrong Instead, John Lash shows that the Gnostics and the rest of the Judeo Christian world were at bitter ends, with Gnosticism turning into the underground foundation of our modern society despite the best efforts of organized religion to stamp it out A fascinating read, inspiring and shocking like few books I ve read interesting premise, some really lousy scholarship Lots of unsupported assertions and at times a refusal to consider some very significant problems with his interpretation Still, I was intrigued by the idea that Jehovah is actually an inorganic alien parasite who didn t create our world, just commandeered control of it And there are some ideas Lash develops fairly convincingly the idea, for instance, that the god of the old testament hates trees If you re interested in the history of religi interesting premise, some really lousy scholarship Lots of unsupported assertions and at times a refusal to consider some very significant problems with his interpretation Still, I was intrigued by the idea that Jehovah is actually an inorganic alien parasite who didn t create our world, just commandeered control of it And there are some ideas Lash develops fairly convincingly the idea, for instance, that the god of the old testament hates trees If you re interested in the history of religion, it s worth reading, but keep your bullshit detector on at all times For some this could be a construed as disturbing recant of early Christianity, that is nothing like that taught in respectable schools However, I found his version entirely plausible and worthy of follow up He also explains in expert fashion the history of the gnostics, the murder of Hypatia and the suppression of Gnosticism by the nascent Church Like a historical detective he cross references his sources and discusses implications and repercussions It is an enlightening non fiction work w For some this could be a construed as disturbing recant of early Christianity, that is nothing like that taught in respectable schools However, I found his version entirely plausible and worthy of follow up He also explains in expert fashion the history of the gnostics, the murder of Hypatia and the suppression of Gnosticism by the nascent Church Like a historical detective he cross references his sources and discusses implications and repercussions It is an enlightening non fiction work worthy of study that forces the reader to confront a world where all may not be what it seems