The God-Idea Of The Ancients or, Sex In Religion by Eliza B. Gamble


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G. P. Putman's Sons, 1897. First edition. 331 pages. Owners signature and date '1897' on preface page, small Myers & co bookshop label neatly found bottom-inside board. Corners and edges slightly bumped, minor markings present on boards, a small number of neat pencil annotations found in some chapters, text is predominately clean. 

'Eliza Gamble's scholarly exploration of the primitive god-idea; as manifested in monumental records in various parts of the world.
A scientific investigation into the early religious conceptions of the world, and the symbols which appear in the architecture and decorations of sacred edifices and shrines. Gamble also explores ancient holy objects and places in every quarter of the globe, and antique art.

Nowhere is the influence of sex more plainly manifested than in the formulation of religious conceptions and creeds. With the rise of male power and dominion, and the corresponding repression of the natural female instincts, the principles which originally constituted the God-idea gradually gave place to a Deity better suited to the peculiar bias which had been given to the male organism. Religion is especially liable to reflect the vagaries and weaknesses of human nature.
The object of this volume is not only to furnish a brief outline of religious growth, but to show the effect which each of the two forces, female and male, has had on the development of our present God- idea.'

Eliza Burt Gamble (1841–1920) was an intellectual active in the 19th and early 20th centuries. She was an advocate of the Women's Movement, a mother, a writer, and a teacher from Michigan.

Category Theology