I went into this book like I usually do
with interest curiosity and something like hope I read about a uarter of the text enjoying it thoroughly though interest curiosity and something like hope I read about a uarter of the text enjoying it thoroughly though raising an eyebrow at a troublesome remark or two before having done little research into Lash other than checking some of his references to Gnostic texts and Pagan ideas I found myself faced with THIS Lamb Lash is a racist an antisemite and the disconcerting undertones which one finds in his admittedly ood book are not blips of some dissolved dealt with latent racism but the breaking through of truly dangerous and evil notions of blind racist dogma Listen to the Red Ice Radio notably a white supremacist European conspiracist site interview and you if you re anything like me will attempt to find a way to dispose of the book as uickly as possibleI put up with a lot of ignorant and problematic writing in my field of interest UFOs ETs Alt Religion etc but blatant racism and claims of a White Genocide are disgusting manipulations of the truth not as Lash claims seeing through the fog of war I can only hope that Colin Wilson and the other praisers of this work did not like me know of Lash s racism and hatred Perhaps Lash was not a full "blown madman and not madman as in enius but as in raving fool during the composition of "madman and not madman as in enius but as in raving fool during the composition of text but he certainly is now and though one must sometimes separate the writer s emotional and mental ailments from hisher work this is not a situation in which such an exercise is possible Were Lash not as he is the book coming from an intelligent and caring person may be worth stars than one But as he is as it is nothing other than one star would make sense So disappointing and so disturbing Always do your research before you read this sort of text You never really know where the author ended up unless you check Reading this after knowing what Lash became immediately transforms the text into the seeds of a dangerous racist ideology There s a lot on the Web about John Lamb Lash Some of the data is contradictory On the one hand he s represented as an autodidact as a college dropout On the other a PhD is attributed to him There s even disagreement about his birthdate Given the sketchy eccentric character of this book I strongly suspect he had little academic trainingThe book is not entirely without merit The critiue of Abrahamic dominator religions as being anti nature is certainly worthy of consideration Christianity in particular having a poor historical record its orientation being otherworldly Its advocacy of deep ecology is something I appreciateHowever Lash s appropriation of the historical record is most charitably stated extremely tendentious For one thing he claims an essential unity to pagan traditions in eneral and to pagan mystery cults in particular setting them in opposition to the monotheistic religions without much recognizing that these very pagan traditions were. Basing 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 reat 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
John Lamb Lash Þ 2 ReviewStudy of the beliefs and cosmology
OF THE NAG HAMMADI ERA GNOSTICSthe Nag Hammadi era Gnostics a clarion call towards Life Changing Smiles gnosticism in it s truest sense for our modern world this book astonished me while it moved and inspired me to study what Gnosticism truly was Itoes beyond trying to show that Christians were a uaint varied lot like many modern popular writers try to do like Elaine Pagels and Karen Armstrong Instead John Lash shows that the Gnostics and the rest of the Judeo Christian world were at bitter ends with Gnosticism turning into the underground foundation of our modern society despite the best efforts of organized religion to stamp it out A fascinating read inspiring and shocking like few books I ve read interesting premise some really lousy scholarship Lots of unsupported assertions and at times a refusal to consider some very significant problems with his interpretation Still I was intrigued by the idea that Jehovah is actually an inorganic alien parasite who didn t create our world just commandeered control of it And there are some ideas Lash develops fairly convincingly the idea for instance that the od of the old testament hates trees If you re interested in the history of religion it s worth reading but keep your bullshit detector on at all times Thick layer of interpretations and opinions are drawn from weak evidence I were much happier with the book if it were presented as an opinion pieceThe author I am uessing an auto didact with little scientific background has indeed read widely and presents the Gnostic thesis with much enthusiasm but in a one sided way and with little intellectual rigor My conclusion is that the patterns he sees in ancient history tell of the inner life of a modern American than of ancient world Reading it with some distance the book may still be worth consuming It started out as juicy and focussed and I enjoyed it very much until the author began to simply rewrite what has been written many times before Lash went from objective pagan and academic to writing about theist characters as though they had credence His criticism lost me there It s as though he became tired It s difficult to maintain I realise in a world that andocentrises its mysteries and then "Talks About Them As "about them as they were distant relatives Didn t finish it Really liking this book can t put it down For some this could be a construed as disturbing recant of early Christianity that is nothing like that taught in respectable schools However I found his version entirely plausible and worthy of follow up He also explains in expert fashion the history of the Only a Whisper gnostics the murder of Hypatia and the suppression of Gnosticism by the nascent Church Like a historical detective he cross references his sources and discusses implications and repercussions It is an enlightening non fiction work worthy of study that forces the reader to confront a world where all may not be what it seems. D under the divineuidance of Sophia the ancient oddess 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 class. The matrix out of which the Abrahamic religions arose Indeed Judaism itself of henotheistic Hebrew roots is hardly of a class with its semi derivatives Christianity and Islam As regards the assertion of pagan unanimity the record certainly Does Not Support His Bold Claim Indeed not support his bold claim Indeed seems unaware of much of the counterevidence For instance he asserts that pre Christian Europeans did not practice human sacrifice p 49 Is he unaware of the archaeological evidence of the Bog sacrifices in Denmark of the ancient Roman practice of live burial of Moloch offerings in Punic Europe of the Roman accounts of Druidic practices What is one to make of his repeated assertion of the life affirming culture of what he calls Europa in the face of the misogyny the slavery the wars the infanticide and the slaughters recounted in the pagan histories and evinced by the discoveries of the archaeologists and where for that matter does he et the idea that the mass suicide at Masada occurred in 86 CE Lash s rosy representation of an idyllic pre Christian Europe is as absurd as much of the Christian apologeticTo make matters worse Lash adopts the recently invented term Gnostic to typify his supposedly univocal mystery cults entirely ignoring its normative scholarly application to beliefs which were radically dualistic Instead he picks and choses focusing on the occult Texts In The Tradition in the tradition the Pistis Sophia and to make matters worse still attempts to reconcile a dubious
Reading Of Them Toof them to physics whereby incredibly he treats her the Pleroma the Anthropos the Christos the Aeons and the Archons as if they were real substantial beings and the myth treated in such a way as reconcilable with contemporary science His three planet thesis and this business as a whole makes one wonder not only about the author s scholarly aptitude but about his very sanityThis is definitely not a book for those unfamiliar with European antiuity and the history of religions nor is it worthy of the attention of those who do have such familiarityPS For some reason the date started function in Goodreads isn t working today I started this book at Xmas having received it as a ift A brilliant book which examine the roots of all Abrahamic religions as derived from the destruction of the Mystery Schools in Alexandria Clearly explains the development of salvationist and redemption theology against the backdrop of ancient eco feminist Gaia belief The research is amazing and the conclusions brilliant and supported by the umran and Nag Hamaidi remnants Amazing stuff This is the uintessential book that must be read by anyone who previously or presently has espoused the Abrahamic religions JudaismChristiantyIslam The author is the most learned scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls the Nag Hammadi Codices and other Coptic texts he shares with us the true meaning contained in these text An anti Christian polemic a scholarly. Idden or destroyedNot 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 flourishe.