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Man Made God: A Collection of Essays Paperback – April 15, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
It lays out convincing motive for why secrets are kept and why symbols/words/phrases are violently protected. It explains the significance of blood and words, their origins and meanings, and how these concepts were used and still being used to associate real things with supernatural power to persuade human behavior.
It is especially enlightening for those who struggle to understand and attempt to reconcile the mysteriously illogical textual conflicts spread throughout the canonical bible. It untangles a great deal of confusion for those asking how an all powerful god could allow such sadistic behavior towards innocent woman and children through the ages and still expect to be worshipped as an all loving and all caring god. It helps those asking why god would create something and call it good just to encourage its suffering, and wondering how god can be both supreme and good.
It sheds light on how male dominated culture encourages abuse, violence, war and ultimately epic human suffering. Thankfully now, with anthropological and archeological advances, evidence of our human saga is being resurrected from the womb once again reminding us that our ancestors weren't always barbaric rivals obsessed with sexual dominance and conquering each other.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very smart and interesting book. I'd like to see everyone reading it.Published 3 months ago by Sandra Heraver
Helps to explain the religious strife in today's world. Women made Goddesses, men made Gods. Women are much better at it and less dangerous and exploitive.Published 19 months ago by Monna R Schweers
A lot of essays many of which repeat the same issues under different Gods and Goddesses.This book could have contained less essays and been just as good. Read morePublished 19 months ago by artist
This book is well written and documented. It is repetitive in places because it is articles and sometimes they overlap one another. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tina Rae Collins
This book made me laugh, but mostly it made me cry. It made me grieve for the humongous loss of life and truly living in my own life and in others throughout time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Most of the essays were illuminating and filled with wisdom. I encountered some material here that I have not encountered elsewhere. My complaint is with the slipshod editing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joyce H. Higham