Vexen Crabtree 2015


Vexen Crabtree's Live Journal

Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Hey, Vexen! *tangyapple* here. (I'm on a self-imposed hiatus; I may undelete my journal after a month's break.) I've read this book, plus the follow-up "Jesus and the Lost Goddess." To me, they both make a very strong case for the idea that Jesus was mythical. The first book explains the history and the second, the meaning behind some of the original Christians' beliefs concerning the myth. It does seem very suspicious to me that the 'history' would so closely resemble multiple, earlier myths!

However, the Lost Goddess began to lose steam with me toward the end of the book, with the definition of this 'female' half merely representing the error: the psyche's fall into identification with the body. Their few disclaimers that God (nor any manifestation thereof) is not necessarily of any 'gender' weren't strong enough, and thus left this reader wondering why the Messiah is (always) portrayed as male, and the wanton, fallen human as a female... prostitute. I suppose there's no other way to effectively describe the *problem* of identifying with the body or flesh without invoking a sexual component; and it's probably generally accepted that prostitutes at the time were only and always female. Now maybe I have trouble seeing beyond the gender labels. And granted, the higher Sophia is also female, but still, the whole notion of the epicenter of God (pure consciousness) is still very strongly depicted as having a male essence.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying your essays and keeping tabs on your site. There's so much to learn! :) I hope you're doing well! Take care. ^__^

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