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    DescriptionBasing much of "Not in His Image" on the Nag Hammadi and other Gnostic writings, John Lamb Lash explains how a little-known messianic sect propelled itself into a dominant world power, systematically wiping out the great Gnostic spiritual teachers, the Druid priests, and the shamanistic healers of Europe and North Africa. They burned libraries and destroyed temples in an attempt to silence the ancient truth-tellers and keep their own secrets. But as Lash reveals, when the truth is the planet Earth it cannot be hidden or destroyed. "Not in His Image" delves deeply into the shadows of ancient Gnostic writings to reconstruct the story early Christians tried to scrub from the pages of history, exploring the richness of the ancient European Pagan spirituality--the Pagan Mysteries, the Great Goddess, Gnosis, the myths of Sophia and Gaia--and chronicles the annihilation of this Pagan European culture at the hands of Christianity. Long before the birth of Christianity, monotheism was an anomaly; Europe and the Near East flourished under the divine guidance of Sophia, the ancient goddess of wisdom. The Earth was the embodiment of Sophia and thus sacred to the people who sought fulfillment in her presence. This ancient philosophy was threatening to the emerging salvation-based creed of Christianity that was based on patriarchal dominion over the Earth and lauded personal suffering as a path to the afterlife. As Derrick Jensen points out in the afterword, in Lash's hands Jesus Christ emerges as the agent provocateur of the ruling classes.

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    Not in His Image
    Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Lamb Lash
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    ISBN 13: 9781931498920
    ISBN 10: 193149892X

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 590
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25420
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 25
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 299.932
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 299/.932
    BISAC V2.8: REL112000
    BIC subject category V2: HRQC1
    BISAC V2.8: OCC031000, REL033000
    LC classification: BL51 .L37 2006
    BISAC V2.8: REL117000
    Thema V1.0: QRYC1
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Publication date
    15 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    White River Junction
    Review quote
    "John Lash's heretical book is a precious act of spiritual disobedience that seeks to save the world from Salvationism. Lash opens new ground between myth and ecology, and helps one feel what the planet feels. He proposes direct knowing and moving beyond belief, and advocates animism as a proposition to test. He leaves the future open and in need of human imagination. Humanity is implicated in the future of the living planet, but Lash exercises caution when making suppositions about our role as a species. This book is learned, courageous, and full of insights. Some may find it challenging and even shocking, but it is an important read for those interested in life on earth. It is made for readers to chew on, rather than believe." --Jeremy Narby, anthropologist, author of "The Cosmic Serpent, DNA and the Origins of Knowledge" and "Intelligence in Nature: An Inquiry into Knowledge"