God Is Dead, Long Live the Gods

God Is Dead, Long Live the Gods : A Case for Polytheism

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God Is Dead, Long Live the Gods shows how polytheism unlike monotheism fits with the revolutionary ideas found in quantum physics, biology, and ecology. Beginning with the Enlightenment and the roots of what we now know as science, Western thought has generally turned away from religious belief. But what if the incompatibility of science and religion only applies to monotheism? Gus diZerega explores contemporary science to show why consciousness is a fundamental aspect of reality, why the universe is alive at all levels, and why polytheistic experiences are as varied as the enormous array of lifeforms that enrich our world. This fascinating work develops a bold new vision for polytheism s evolving role in our society and in our individual and collective spiritual experiences.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Minnesota, United States
  • English
  • 0738762725
  • 9780738762722
  • 1,833,634

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With its direct and fierce opening, this book develops beautifully. Its clear and challenging thinking is essential in today's world.--Emma Restall-Orr, author of The Wakeful World and Spirits of the Sacred Grove and Kissing the Hag

Gus diZerega is among the most progressive and thoughtful writers in his field. The main idea in this book, that polytheism is the normal human spiritual experience and that even monotheism is an aspect of the polytheist experience, is far more radical than it may appear at first glance. He has the remarkable ability to explain difficult concepts with clarity, and to apply his analytic skills in ways that show respect to the people whose feelings he examines. The way forward, for the pagan community, is with books like this one.--Brendan Myers, professor of philosophy, author of Reclaiming Civilization and Circles of Meaning, Labyrinths of Fear

1,500 years of monotheist hegemony has obscured polytheism's meaning and significance. As a result, contemporary polytheists still struggle with conceptualizing and articulating their experience and with recovering the legacy of polytheist civilizations from monotheist appropriation and distortion in order to answer the call, deep in our being, to engagement with the living immortals. Gus diZerega's book offers insight into the historical conditions of the emergence and crisis of monotheist hegemony, a critique of its fundamental preconceptions, and a readiness to take up the burden of thinking new structures adequate to ancient and contemporary polytheisms in the context of today's scientific-technological worldview. The compelling personal narrative, as well as diZerega's open and evolving theoretical perspective, testifies to the growing intellectual maturity of the polytheist movement.--Edward P. Butler, PhD, henadology.wordpress.com

Dr. Gus diZerega explores polytheism and monotheism from every conceivable perspective and discipline--from Nature and science, from theology, history, and personal experience--to show that gods, spirits, otherworldly entities are alive and well in today's world, as they always have been. A true opus magnum.--M. Macha NightMare, witch-at-large, author, activist, and ritualist
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About Gus diZerega

GUS diZEREGA (Taos, NM) is a Third-Degree Gardnerian Elder. He spent several years studying with Brazilian shaman Antonio Costa e Silva and with other teachers in Native American and Afro-Brazilian traditions. Gus is the author of Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine. www.diZerega.com
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