By John Lamb Lash
Basing a lot of Not in His Image at the Nag Hammadi and different Gnostic writings, John Lamb Lash explains how a little-known messianic sect propelled itself right into a dominant global energy, systematically wiping out the nice Gnostic religious academics, the Druid clergymen, and the shamanistic healers of Europe and North Africa. They burned libraries and destroyed temples in an try to silence the traditional truth-tellers and retain their very own secrets and techniques. yet as Lash finds, while the fact is the planet Earth it can't be hidden or destroyed.
Not in His Image delves deeply into the shadows of historical Gnostic writings to reconstruct the tale early Christians attempted to clean from the pages of heritage, exploring the richness of the traditional ecu Pagan spirituality--the Pagan Mysteries, the nice Goddess, Gnosis, the myths of Sophia and Gaia--and chronicles the annihilation of this Pagan eu tradition by the hands of Christianity.
lengthy sooner than the beginning of Christianity, monotheism used to be an anomaly; Europe and the close to East flourished below the divine assistance of Sophia, the traditional goddess of knowledge. The Earth was once the embodiment of Sophia and hence sacred to the folks who sought success in her presence. This historical philosophy used to be threatening to the rising salvation-based creed of Christianity that used to be according to patriarchal dominion over the Earth and lauded own agony as a route to the afterlife. As Derrick Jensen issues out within the afterword, in Lash's fingers Jesus Christ emerges because the agent provocateur of the ruling classes.
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The experience of love thus linked the material body with the spiritual self, and this link was reflected in strategies for the management of both. a5 (emphasis added) This entire comment, and especially the last sentence' is an epitome of Pagan, body-based morality. Such a moral code does not have to be formulated in rules, because it arises spontaneously if the conditions here described are met. With the shift of the age and increased concern for the narcissistic, self-regarding ego, these conditions came to be totally disrupted and undermined all across the classical world.
T was a rural district, usually identified by a land marker or boundary stone. In Egypt all the land on both sides of the Nile was organized into local districts called nomes, each with its totemic animal and attendant symbols. The priests who conceived and implemented this system did so from their perception of the innate character of the inhabitants. The nome system was an apportionment of local resources by the leaders of the Mystery Schools. ) In Greece the countrywide boundary markers were called hermae, upright pillars carved in the likeness of the ecstatic god Dionysos, usually show,n with an erection.
2 In his introduction to G. R. S. 'n This view conflicts sharply with the consensus of Gnostic specialists who regard Gnosticism as a loose association of cults that sprung up in reponse to the spread of Christianity; hence, as a marginal and reactive movement that is only significant for what it can tell us abour the early Roman Church. Different interpretations of Gnosticism affect the way it reaches the mainstream. So far, the work of the experts has contributed nothing to our understanding of what teachings and practices were original to the (]nostics and intrinsic to the Mysteries.