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Barbara G. Walker, author of The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, and many other books, is a member of the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society and the Trailside Mineral Club of the New Jersey Earth Science Association.
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  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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By Richard J. Goscicki on September 11, 2010
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That's right. If I would have read Man Made God 50 years ago it would have changed my life. Now that I'm a senior, as I think back, only two books had a life-changing effect on me: "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding and "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins. Now I have a third.

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.
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Man Made God: A Collection of Essays by Barbara G. Walker

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.

Positives:
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?
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Barbara Walker's book is an extraordinary, revealing, insightful and penetrating expose into the ominous and dark history of religion. Barbara Walker shows that everything we've been taught as truth and divine is actually man-made beliefs to subjugate the human race. The most despicable and shocking information in the book is about the inquisitions carried out by the Church, which murdered over 2 million human beings simply because they didn't go along with the Church's Doctrine. Man indeed made God in his own image, a God of fear, hatred, jealousy, murder, bigotry and retribution!! Highly recommended read. I thank Barbara G. Walker for writing such an extraordinary and powerful book. Read it with an inquisitive and open mind, not with a preconceive blind-belief notion. only then will the human race be free of religious dogma, subjugation and slavery. It surely freed my mind even further!
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Finished reading Man Made God a few weeks ago and found it powerfully helpful in understanding how human behavior fundamentally transitions from a mother-child focused culture based on cooperation and kindness to a male focused culture based on competition and fear. This collection of essays provides valuable insight on how ancient observation of natural events as well as their practices, symbols, languages, and rituals are reformed or suppressed through time.

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.
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