Goddess Unmasked: The Rise of Neopagan Feminist Spirituality

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Spence Pub., 1998 - Religion - 418 pages
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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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