Re: [asa] The tomb of Jesus?

From: Janice Matchett <>
Date: Thu Mar 01 2007 - 01:17:51 EST

At 09:47 PM 2/28/2007, David Opderbeck wrote:
>Interesting side note: I got the current
>Biblical Archeology Review in the mail today,
>which of course went to press after all this and
>doesn't cover it. There is, however, a thick
>two-page cardboard stock ad for the Discovery
>Channel Book Club. For $5.99 plus shipping and
>handling, one can receive the "Beyond the Bible"
>collection -- consisting of five Bart Ehrman
>books, including "Lost Christianities," "Lost
>Scriptures," "Misquoting Jesus," "Peter, Paul &
>Mary Magdalene," and "The Lost Gospel of Judas
>Iscariot." Ehrman, of course, is a leading
>proponent of the view that there was no center
>of orthodoxy in the early church, and that the
>Gnostic sects in particular were genuine heirs
>of the early Christian tradition before they
>were stomped out by the patriarchy. One can't
>help but notice that Discovery Channel is riding
>the DaVinci zeitgeist for all it's worth.

@ Jack Haas wrote: QUOTE: "The latest [book]
list is available for your attention at:"

One of the books on that list is entitled: Not in
His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and
the Future of Belief by John Lamb Lash

I think it's pretty telling that so many of these
hysterical "save-the-planet" eco-alarmists seem
to have other "beliefs" in common, too. Here
are a few of their reviews of that book:

Editorial Reviews:

"..Above all, he insists that Gnosticism
represents the path toward "spiritual deep
ecology," symbolized by today's adherents of the
Greek earth goddess Gaia. ...he proposes that we
embrace Gnosticism and what he dubs "Gaian
ethics," which he describes as "not a call to
faith in God, but faith in the human species."
...At moments, however, he slips into a kind of
New Age rant as baffling as any mystical text.
"What we seek in 'Gaia theory' is a live imaginal
dimension," he writes in one such passage, "not a
scaffolding of cybernetic general systems
cogitation." Or: "Gnosis, taken as a path of
experimental mysticism, and the Sophianic vision,
taken as a guiding narrative for co-evolution,
can provide the spiritual dimension for deep
ecology independently of the three mainstream
religions derived from the Abrahamic tradition."
.. - Jonathan Kirsch, December 3, 2006

"This remarkable book introduces a Gnostic
approach to Sophia-Gaia, the feminine wisdom
principle embodied by the earth, vividly
soliciting us to embrace Her revival for our
survival. ...John Lash presents the stark
contrast between the tenets of retribution and
exploitation - of the feminine ­, and the ethos
of illuminism, with its emphasis on personal
experience and communion with nature, within the
framework of a vast body of knowledge, reaching
from the classic authors of antiquity to
present-day proponents of eco-science and
eco-spirituality. A fascinating read." ­Susanne
G. Seiler, Gaia Media News. Basel, Switzerland

"Sometimes a book changes the world. Not In His
Image is such a book.... Get it. Improve not just
your own life, but civilization's chances for
survival." ­Roger Payne, Ph.D. of Among Whales

"John Lash .. opens new ground between myth and
ecology, and helps one feel what the planet
feels. He proposes direct knowing and moving
beyond belief, and advocates animism as a
proposition to test. ..." ­Jeremy Narby,
anthropologist, author of The Cosmic Serpent, DNA
and the Origins of Knowledge ..

The Most Important Book Of Our Time, November 25, 2006
Reviewer: Lorin Kee "'s the in-depth
examination of HOW the Gaian Paradise of the
Gnostics/Pagans was lost to Christianity. ...Lash
shows that indeed, "Faith can be evil when it is
invested in beliefs that blind humanity to
nature, and impede the genius innate to our species."

~ Janice ... "The climate modelers have been
cheating for so long it's almost become
respectable" ~ Richard Kerr, discussing
adjustments in climate models, Science
1997 ---- "Isn't the only hope for the planet
that the industrialized civilizations collapse?
Isn't it our responsibility to bring that
about?" ~ Maurice Strong, Head of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro

>On 2/28/07, Rich Blinne
><<>> wrote:
>On Feb 28, 2007, at 7:42 AM, David Opderbeck wrote:
>>Some recent comments from well-known Biblical
>>archeologist William Dever are worth
>>"I've know about these ossuaries for many years
>>and so have many other archaeologists, and none
>>of us thought it was much of a story, because
>>these are rather common Jewish names from that
>>period," he said. "It's a publicity stunt, and
>>it will make these guys very rich, and it will
>>upset millions of innocent people because they
>>don't know enough to separate fact from fiction." ~ David
>How come if Janice is right, why isn't the
>science community following their Hollywood
>masters? This would be the coup de grace against
>Christianity and has the anti-Christian
>laypeople jazzed. It's not just the Christian
>archaeologists that is saying this but the
>Jewish ones as well (cf. the articles in the Jerusalem Post). Rich B.

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