- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: Stellar House Publishing, LLC (April 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780979963148
- ISBN-13: 978-0979963148
- ASIN: 0979963141
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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.
I did not mind the repetition of some information in the book as it is a compilation of her essays and articles-she mentions this at the beginning of the book.
It was very informative without being dry, as can sometimes happen with non-fiction work. She makes some very valid points, some of them are her own opinions, but with the research she cites throughout the book, it seems to me her conclusions are perfectly logical given the facts presented.
I daresay that most religious people will find great fault in the work, simply because people who hold tightly onto their religious faith are typically not very open to the idea that humans created gods in their own image and not the exact opposite, as has been endlessly promoted for millennia.
The ugliest and most heinous of human atrocities have been committed for centuries in the name of "God". They are ongoing to this very day.
My sincerest hope is that we may all become enlightened enough to leave the patriarchal, divisive and violent religions behind us and embrace not only compassion, tolerance, and love in a new spiritual belef system, but to pair the spritual with the scientific in order for humanity to evolve and move forward. If we don't embrace that kind of thinking, we will vanish from this earth. The planet will recover being raped, pillaged, strip-mined, and polluted. We humans though, cannot thrive in the hell on earth we have created.
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.