Goddess Unmasked: The Rise of Neopagan Feminist Sprirituality
Goddess Unmasked provides the first critical evaluation by a qualified scholar of the theological, anthropological, and historical claims of the "Goddess" movement, the most influential form of radical feminist spirituality. As its acolytes both within and without traditional churches grow in number, Goddess spirituality is one of the striking religious success stories of our day. Yet few have examined its purported ancient pedigree or its promises of sexual justice and social harmony, claims now exposed as a ridiculous but dangerous sham.
Davis describes and analyzes the contemporary Goddess movement and outlines its broader significance in the current "culture wars". He exposes the complete want of archaeological evidence for its claim to have been man's primordial religion, revealing the movement's true roots in the radical Romanticism of the nineteenth century -- roots it shares with many a modern cultural pathology. Comparing it with genuine goddess religions of Asia and with other forms of Western neopaganism, Davis debunks Goddess spirituality's promises of a new age of peace and justice.
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Goddess unmasked: the rise of neopagan feminist spiritualityUser Review - Book Verdict
Davis (religious studies, Univ. of Prince Edward Island, Canada) has written a comprehensive and revealing study of the history and development of modern Goddess spirituality. His examination of archaeological, historical, and literary evidence has lead him to conclude that the roots of Goddess spirituality lie not in prehistoric matriarchal societies, as exponents of Goddess beliefs have claimed, but rather in Western esoteric traditions and in the Romantic movement of the 19th century. Davis presents an abundance of evidence along with excellent documentation to support his theory and to point out the skewed historical paradigm presented by modern writers within the Goddess movement. While Davis's conclusions are likely to generate controversy, his work provides a thorough, well-researched, scholarly study of a new religious movement. Recommended for academic and theological libraries with collections on feminist spirituality.--Elizabeth Anne Salt, Courtright Memorial Lib., Westerville, OH
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Philip Davis writes with compassion and care. And when he concludes his work, it becomes clear to all that present-day Wicca cannot claim the deep ancient roots it longs to announce. Wicca may be able ... Read full review