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Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Beliefby John Lamb Lash
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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 destroyed.
Not 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.
The transition from a pagan civilization of great antiquity to our Christianized one is historically denoted as ?The Dark Ages.? Why ?dark?? What was lost? Dreaming Sophia tells the story of that loss. It exposes the most massive campaign of cultural eradication the world has ever seen?before or since. Dreaming Sophia investigates?for the first time?the real roots of the ecological crisis that now threatens life on the planet. It takes us right into the realm of the predator reality in which we now live, engulfed and lost to the point of either denial or impotent fury. In his riveting account of who the Gnostics really were and what it was that they were protesting, John Lash locates who we once were and now are in a vast arc of history from the Axial Age to the present moment of unilateralist America?a span of 2,500 years. No scholar has yet plumbed the Gnostic texts of the Nag Hammadi Library for the profound cosmological myth of our origins and true nature.
About the Author
Derrick Jensen is the author of A Language Older Than Words,Walking on Water, and The Culture of Make Believe. He writes for The New York Times Magazine, Audubon, and The Sun among many others.
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