I really wanted to get along with this book. As a researcher in Psychology of Religion (among many other things, admittedly), I’m interested in the intertwining of religions, which has happened throughout history and continues to this day. 

But, you know, sometimes books are just not very well researched. Jesus and the Goddess is very much one of those manifestos that shouts about a particular point of view – in this case, the patriarchal nature of Christianity, and how it’s all based on ancient religions anyway – but without any supporting evidence. Ultimately, it just comes across as a whiny, irritating, childlike tome that doesn’t actually say anything beyond “We don’t like Christians, we think they’re mean.” 

Stay away. There are far better books out there. 

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Jesus and the Goddess

  1. Short and to the point 🙂 Christianity is based on Judaism, just as Islam is based on the two, and Judaism changed from polytheism to monotheism at some point after 100BC (if I remember correctly). As with all things, religion adapts (look at how Christianity adapted pagan rituals in the form of Christmas, Easter etc) to support their value constructs.Any half-decent book on Christianity has to look at the Koine texts to get to the “secret” teachings, together with references to a number of other sects of the same time, the Apocrypha, and the First Council of Nicaea amongst others. It's just a shame that, on both Atheist and Christian side alike, there's a tremendous amount of ignorance (I'm not going to claim I know a huge amount!) that results in misunderstanding. I'm staunchly atheist (or rather, if there were a supernatural entity, I really couldn't give a toss – nihilistic theism?) but have a number of friends who vary from evangelical bible literalists to interpretative episcopalians, and the gap between them is huge. There needs to be an accessible book for the layman that is not overly slanted: Unfortunately I doubt that will ever be published.


  2. Agreed. I'm pretty much batting from the same side as you, I think; but this was even worse than most. I haven't found a book yet that genuinely writes from an objective point of view when it comes to religion – normally it's either pagans whining about Christians, or Christians whining about everyone else (in my limited experience, these being the two groups my research project focused on). It's a shame, though, because religions do borrow from each other, and it's really interesting to look at how they all develop, both separately and together. It's just irritating when the way it's presented isn't backed up by any research.


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