- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: Stellar House Publishing, LLC (April 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979963141
- ISBN-13: 978-0979963148
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here's why. When I went to Catholic high school in the late '50s, I merely sat quietly and listened meekly to all the magical nonsense that was foisted on me on a daily basis. Believe what you want, was my attitude, just don't try to sell me any of this supernatural boogety-boo. Symbolic cannibalistic rituals were all right with me--just as long as I can sit in the back of the auditorium with my own little teenage daydreams.
If I would have read Barbara's book back then, I would never have put up with it. "Hey, Brother, is it true the Church killed and tortured millions of people for over five hundred years? After the Council of Nicea, Europe was awash in blood and learning was ground to a standstill. The Dark Ages were imminent. Books were burned, libraries destroyed and the peasantry kept illiterate. All I got from your religion classes was the Apostle's creed."
How come you never mentioned the genocide caused by your religion? After the bloodbath had subsided in the 1800s, a century later Cardinal Angelo Sodano would apologize and call this insane sadistic mayhem, "a sad episode in church history." Is he crazy? What has the church done to human progress?
How can church officials live with themselves? How come there's no priests listed on the National Sex Offender list? What's going on?
In short, I didn't become a militant atheist until 40 years later. I was always an atheist but I was close-mouthed about religion and tolerant of it. This very year there will be hundreds of people, mostly children, tortured and killed in Africa because of witchcraft, just as Barbara describes it. She even gives the line from the Gospels, Christ's own words, that centuries later the Inquisitioners would use to rationalize burning heretics at the stake by the millions. One town in Germany, states Ms. Walker with accurate annotation, burned as many as 1000 pathetic victims in one year. Outrageous--that's three per day! Watching public immolation must have been a national pass-time, like going to the movies or the Friday-night fights.
Good job, Barbara, it's the scholarship that makes Man Made God so powerful. I hope your book goes down in history as one of the most important anti-religion statements of the modern age. All I can say to any Holy Ghost/heaven-hell/Eve-came-from-Adam's-rib/Noah's Ark believers is: read it and deal with it.
Richard Goscicki, author of Mirror Reversal, Peppertree Press, 2007
Man Made God is a collection of interesting essays from the excellent author Barbara G. Walker. The critical essays are about the nature and history of religion and mythology from the female perspective. In a very compelling and educational manner the author exposes the truth behind man-made driven beliefs. The book sheds light on the key differences between matriarchal and patriarchal societies.
1. Great education of religious history from a woman's perspective. As a man, I take for granted that many of the religious beliefs in western culture are the product of male-conceived beliefs. For that alone, I thank Ms. Walker for the education.
2. Well researched and interesting history.
3. It's truly amazing how enlightening this book is. I had very little knowledge of the depths that men suppressed women through religion. Eye opening indeed.
4. The sins of the Church are so numerous...there are many examples provided in full detail. Massacres, genocides, infanticides, etc...
5. Some of the most controversial eye-opening biblical passages explained in direct, compelling manner.
6. Great quotes abound. Great reference material.
7. Many great freethinkers are referenced. I enjoyed the references to some of the lesser known female freethinkers in particular.
8. Sound use of logic and reasoning.
9. Some great explanations of religious concepts such as: blood as an essential substance of salvation, human sacrifice, doctrine of resurrection, afterlife, souls (always a personal favorite), original sin, and so many more.
10. A number of fascinating facts throughout the book. Did you know that biblical scholars have noted about 2,000 discrepancies in the Bible? I do now. You will also find out how many scientific errors have been found in the Bible too...it's in this good book, "Man Made God".
11. The best book bar none regarding Goddess worship and its evolution.
12. Critical thinkers will love this book.
13. It's a great book for all levels of scholarship.
14. Good job with the Kindle version. Links work well.
1. Repetitive at times but understandably so because it is a collection of essays.
2. As with any book of essays, some essays will be of more interest than others and at times can get a little dry. However, few and far between.
3. Of course, there are some topics I wanted more depth of information, such as religion as big business and the concept of souls but now I'm just being greedy. That being said, the extensive bibliography provides so many great resources to further quench my thirst of knowledge.
In summary, this book exemplifies why I enjoy reading so much. Barbara G. Walker and friends, provides so many well researched essays and so much knowledge that I am appreciative of her efforts. I highly recommend this book.
The authors validated many of my secret questioning a but shattered my already cracking "faith."
Very lightening and freeing words especially for a female who has felt the invisible hands pressing and squeezing and molding but feeling unable or ashamed of questioning ( I mean seriously all these smart, wonderful folks can't be wrong).
I would caution anyone who wants to read this book to seek support for when the house of cards comes crashing down.
Powerful ideas that could change the world...for better.