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Laurence Gardner, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, is a constitutional historian, international lecturer and broadcaster.
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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: dash house (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956735703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956735706
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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As a voracious reader, I have a strong tendency to highlight passages in books, taking special note of new insights, important facts, and particularly well written passages which seem to contain all of the above. My difficulty in reading Laurence Gardner's new book, The Origin of God, is that virtually every page ended up with highlights, often two or three to a page. Yellow highlighting and post-it flags everywhere... even an occasional underline.
In point of fact, Laurence Gardner provides a treasure trove of recent discoveries, lesser known facts, critical detail, unbiased analysis, and genuinely thoughtful understanding on the nature of the Biblical God. His latest book is an extraordinary, well-researched and well-organized treatise on a quest to find evidence that supports (or denies) the "long-standing and widespread notion of God's existence." The Origin of God subsequently considers a wide variety of sources, their credibility, how they agree or conflict with each other, and how the sum total of the resulting knowledge can lead each of us to a better understanding of God.
Despite the controversial nature of the subject, the author is able to provide an unbiased, persuasive picture of the various ways that ancient peoples perceived their deity (or deities). In the process, The Origin of God provides the reader with the raw material to reach their own conclusions. Both scholarly and academically correct, the book is also highly accessible to the lay reader. The fact Mr. Gardner also writes well, clearly, and in a manner easy to understand, is just icing on the cake.
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Laurence Gardner's eighth book in well over twenty years of thorough
and well referenced research on the many aspects of secular and
religious history, challenges what we have been taught about history,
science, religion and God. As with his first book Bloodline of the
Holy Grail, this book is bound to be a best seller, and will create
waves within the rigid established doctrines of those who seek to
dominate and control free men and women. This masterpiece completed
before his death from a long illness in August 2010, brings together
from his and other considerable archives of research and information,
the most important story of our incredible ancestors, their advanced
civilisation, and the identity of the flesh and blood individual and
his family, who led the re-start of civilisation and agriculture. Only
after they had disappeared from the Middle Eastern scene were they
worshipped in the religious sense; and they were then so enveloped in
supernatural trappings that their intrinsic advanced and benevolent
characteristics were swamped in a morass of pseudo-religious adulation
- Edkidu Nov 2010
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I've read everyone of Gardner's books and this is so well organized and so easy read that you could almost use it as a reference book. You learn everything you need to know about the Annanage, Sumerian, Akkadian, belief systems and how they compare to the Judeo-Christian beliefs of today. If you read "Genesis of the Grail Kings", this book's material expands the first chapter or two of that book.
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Laurence Gardner has done it again in this wonderful and thought provoking and revelatory explanation combining science, archeological exploration of the real facts of the duplicity and errors of current religious theory. Behind Christianity of the "fact finding, actual Historical records and who and how the bible was scribed and written what millions believe can not co-exist with the evolutionary facts that what we were taught about Creation, Evolution and God. It is about time someone like Mr. Gardner took on the challenge of this enormity and scope of an entire Christianity and Science to find that Facts behind the Fiction. Absolutely Brilliant Writing and just plain good old Brain stimulating reading. Definitely not for the non-cerebral literary reader and those who do not like to demand and asking hard and demanding hard answers. If you liked his other books this is one you must also have in your collection
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Laurence Garner knocks it out of the park with this book. His research is careful and precise, and he brings a long-overdue message about the God of the Old Testament. I read the book with fascination and I will probably read it a second time. I have recommendended it to friends who also appreciated it very much.
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Beyond interesting, this work is core-level thought provoking. I deeply appreciate the research that went into this work, the summation of concepts and ideas shared. It is extremely helpful to the spiritual seeker and the curious.
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As always Laurence Gardner is clear and gets his point across without rambling. I now have all of his books and everyone is filled facts and a very realistic perspective. It makes you wonder what the church isn't telling us and is their presentation accurate or is it a romantic picture of events. I truly feel that there is a divine presence. One only has to look at a flower or a sunset to see that. But are we getting an honest picture from the church? Gardner has mountains of research and a sound common sense approach to his writing.
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