Man Made God
Barbara Walker, Foreword by D.M. Murdock
378 pages | 6 x 9 | 120 illustrations | ISBN-13 978-0-9799631-4-8 | $21.95
U.S. ORDERS ONLY!
Free shipping and handling when you buy through this site!
Man Made God comprises a series of fascinating articles from the author of the
classic best-seller The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. Extraordinary independent scholar of
comparative religion and mythology Barbara G. Walker takes us through a riveting journey back in time to when the
Goddess and her consort/son ruled supreme, into the era when the patriarchy usurped Her worship, right up to
Barbara's own personal experience being raised a Christian.
In this remarkable collection, Walker turns a critical eye towards:
• Religion as big business
• Religion's effects on children
• The Bible as a "moral guide" and "history"
• Biblical infallibility
• The doctrine of "original sin"
• The biblical attitude towards sexuality
• God as "Father"
• Church doctrine regarding women
• Church history vis-à-vis the Dark Ages, Inquisition, and book- and witch-burning
• Christian afterlife traditions
• Traditional Christian origins
• And much more…
A brilliant exposé of the long lost history of religious ideology, including goddess worship,
and a scathing indictment of the male-dominated cultus, this frank and exceptional analysis unveils mysteries that
have perplexed mankind for millennia and unravels detrimental religious ideologies that have been plaguing humanity
for equally long.
Barbara G. Walker is also the author of The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred
Objects, The Crone, Feminist Fairy Tales, The Book of Sacred Stones, and other
Barbara G. Walker on "Women's Voices" radio | Barbara G. Walker on "Aeon Byte" radio
Also available for your Kindle Reader, iPhone, iPod, iPad,
Blackberry, Android, PC, Mac and other devices!
"A magnificent and important
"I have been a fan of Barbara's for many years, and I knew
immediately that what she had gathered in these well-written essays was valuable not only for
women but also for the world at large. If everyone on the planet knew the facts and possessed
this perspective of reality, we would all be much better off. Although she is tackling
extremely contentious and difficult issues, Walker is always measured and steady in steering
us through this journey from antiquity to her own experience being raised a Christian....
"If everyone on the planet knew the facts
and possessed this perspective of reality, we would all be much better off."
"Of course, Walker speaks the truth here, in a way only she can do, as she also
does in recounting the disturbing history of the rise of male-dominated religions/cults such as the
three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The destruction of the ancient
goddess-worshipping religions as Barbara narrates it is frankly appalling and infuriating, because
it has served to cause so much horror and trauma on this small planet....
"In the final analysis, Man Made God represents a vitally
important voice in the rational and skeptical community, motivated by both a passion for the truth
about religious origins and history, and a sense of duty in preserving our personal freedoms and
|D.M. Murdock/Acharya S, author of Christ in
"It's truly amazing how enlightening this book
Great education of religious history from a woman's perspective. As a man, I
take for granted that many of the religious beliefs in western culture are the product of
male-conceived beliefs. For that alone, I thank Ms. Walker for the education.
It's truly amazing how enlightening this book is. I had very little knowledge of
the depths that men suppressed women through religion. Eye opening indeed.
The best book bar none regarding Goddess worship and its evolution.
Critical thinkers will love this book. It's a great book for all levels of
|J. Gomez, Maryland, USA
Barbara Walker is absolutely thorough in her research before she starts writing.
When you read this fantastic expose of how women have been put down and suppressed by religion, you
will be impressed forever. Our male dominated world is really screwed up. Wars, debt, hate and
division--all because of religions dominated by men. My mother was a woman, and I would not let
anyone put her down. I admire the courage, insight and honesty of Barbara G. Walker. If you want
the truth about this world, buy and read this book.
|James A. Worrell, Oklahoma City
"One of the greatest scholars and erudite
communicators about the origin and the global domination of the Christian
Barbara Walker is an enigmatic person. She is a religious historian with an
incisive understanding of the origin of Christianity and of the various pre-Christian mythologies
that have been cobbled together to form the basis of one of the world’s most pervasive religions.
She is also the author of The Woman’s Encyclopaedia of Myths and Secrets; she has written
books on the Tarot and the I Ching and has a wide range of texts on Knitting and Knitwear
But this is the book that establishes her as one of the greatest scholars and
erudite communicators about the origin and the global domination of the Christian mythology. It is
essentially a collection of previously published essays, so there is a small amount of repetition
in some chapters, but it is easy to choose a topic and selectively read the appropriate
"The book is astounding in its coverage,
detailed in its analysis, comprehensive in its expose of the many recurrent religious themes and
dogmas promoted since antiquity."
The book is astounding in its coverage, detailed in its analysis, comprehensive
in its expose of the many recurrent religious themes and dogmas promoted since antiquity. Walker is
not a militant atheist. She is methodical, measured and entertaining in progressively dealing with
and dismissing as fiction the majority of Christian beliefs including whether Christ actually ever
existed. The reader has to concentrate through several chapters because of the extensive amount of
factual and historical evidence that Walker can draw upon as she systematically de-mystifies
Christianity. But it is well worth the effort. I have a library of some one hundred and sixty
similar texts, but this one is the standout!
"I have a library of some one hundred and
sixty similar texts, but this one is the standout!"
There have certainly been many recent publications about atheism, rationality,
concepts of god, the history of Jesus, the errors, contradictions and fabrications in the Bible.
But Walker’s book rises well above all of these because of its evidence base and its comprehensive
and informed coverage. It is effectively the objective and defensible encyclopaedia for anyone who
seriously wants to understand Christianity. Walker’s book should be mandatory reading in schools
and for believers and non-believers alike. There is no need for anger or militantism...the facts
speak for themselves.
Man Made God will go down in history as the turning point for a
rational understanding of humanity and how humans have developed and hybridised fanciful and often
oppressive religious dogma over time. It has happened in a continuum from antiquity through to
modern day Christian fundamentalism. Keep this book handy for when the biblical fundamentalists
next come knocking at your door!
|Peter Bycroft, Noosa, Australia
"Powerfully Enlightening and
I finished reading Man Made God a few weeks ago and found it
powerfully helpful in understanding how human behavior fundamentally transitions from a
mother-child-focused culture based on cooperation and kindness to a male-focused culture based on
competition and fear. This collection of essays provides valuable insight on how ancient
observation of natural events as well as their practices, symbols, languages, and rituals are
reformed or suppressed through time.
Man Made God lays out convincing motive for why secrets are kept
and why symbols/words/phrases are violently protected. It explains the significance of blood and
words, their origins and meanings, and how these concepts were used and still being used to
associate real things with supernatural power to persuade human behavior.
God untangles a great deal of confusion for
those asking how an all-powerful god could allow such sadistic behavior towards innocent
woman and children through the ages."
This book is especially enlightening for those who struggle to understand and
attempt to reconcile the mysteriously illogical textual conflicts spread throughout the canonical
Bible. It untangles a great deal of confusion for those asking how an all-powerful god could allow
such sadistic behavior towards innocent woman and children through the ages and still expect to be
worshipped as an all loving and all caring god. It helps those asking why god would create
something and call it good just to encourage its suffering, and wondering how god can be both
supreme and good....
Anyone seriously interested in repairing our relationships with ourselves, who
genuinely cares about all others with whom we share this planet, who has an honest reverence for
all living things in cooperation with our environment, or who intends to actually help move our
species toward preserving our future existence, should consider viewing this work and honestly
think about the current path we are all on, especially before we nuke ourselves to dust simply
because a man needs to show off he has a bigger missile than his fellow man, sanctioned by his
|Angel of California
Table of Contents
Life, Death and Bible Myths
Christian Destruction of Paganism
The Goddess and the Woman
PART ONE: INTIMATIONS AND BEGINNINGS
The Making of a Skeptic
No Dogs in Heaven?
Biblical Human Sacrifice
The "Loving" God?
Religion as Cultural Artifact
Faith Fosters Sexism and Human Hatred
Sinners and Suckers
The Business of Religion
The Real God and the Return of the Goddess
The Skeptic's Religion
Your God, My Devil
Religion and the Inner Child
When God was Born
The Mature Religious Mind
The Wonders of Nature
Pass the Plate
God's Erroneous Ways
The Children's Bible
God's Errant Word
Homesick for Mother
Logos: The Magic Word
The Breath of Life
The Common Word
Deus ex Verbum
In the Beginning was the Instinct
The Meaning of Prayer
Praying for Power
What's in a Name?
From Your Mouth to God's Ears
Motherhood and Power
When Woman Ruled
The Trinity of Goddess-Muses
Matriarchal Mysteries and Menopause
Suppression of the Goddess
Patriarchal Harshness and Brutality
Conceptional Ignorance and Menstrual Magic
Quest for Immortality
Resurrection of the Flesh
Heavenly Delights and Hellish Torments
Near Death or Birth?
Fearful or Dignified Ending?
PART TWO: BIBLE STUDIES
Who Was Eve?
Mother of All Living
The Divine Serpent
Whose "Original Sin?"
The Good Book of Errors and Violence
The Gospel as Fiction
Inaccuracies and Bogus Translations
Impossibilities and Absurdities
Senseless Salvation and Suffering
Women of the Old Testament
The Winter Solstice
The Original Christianity
In Christ Jesus, Neither Male Nor Female
The Forgery of "Historical" Christianity
The Jesus Myth
Fact or Fiction?
The Silence of Historians
The Sacred King Sacrifice and Superstition
Son of God and Prince of Peace?
Prophecy or Blueprint?
Christ's Teachings and Promises?
The Real Golden Rule
Christ of Qumran?
The Other Easters
Origins of Easter
Dying and Rising Saviors
Guilt by Association
The Three Marys
The Three Fates
The Virgin Mary
Almah and Parthenos
Vessel of the Fish
Holy Mother of God
PART THREE: THE PROGRESS OF PATRIARCHY
Christian Destruction of the Pagan World
Sex and the Single God
God the Mother
Sex Magic and Love Feasts
The Iniquitous Inquisition
The Origins of Good and Evil
The Divine Light-Bearer
God and Devil: One Double-Sided Coin
No Devil, No God
Origin of Sin—and Sexism
Judeo-Christian Female Abuse
A Short History of Marriage
The Great Goddess
Biblical Marriage and Divorce
Pagan and Christian Matrimony
PART FOUR: PHILOSOPHICAL RESULTS AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
Fundamentalism in America
Bingo for Jesus
Intellectual Tyranny and Spiritual Terrorism
The Problem of Evil
Mother Knows Best
The Sacred Mafia
Violence, Maleness and Monotheism
Imagine No Sexist Religion
Women and Religion
The Heresy of the Divine Female
Spiritual Women's Lib
American Christian Sexism
Witches Past and Present
Persecution of Wise Women
The Inquisition Redux
Old Wives' Tales
Modern Witchcraft or Wicca
Halloween: The Season of the Crone
Skulls and Masks
Hecate and Persephone
Lilith: Queen of Witches
The Cauldron and the Soul
Be sure to get your copy of
this fantastic book by the fabulous Ms. W!
Be sure to take
look using Google Book Search!