John Lamb Lash

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John Lamb Lash (born 1945) is an American author, comparative mythologist, free lance scholar, and teacher. He is one of the foremost exponents of the power of myth to direct and shape an individual's life, as well as history itself. Described as the heir of Mircea Eliade[1] and the true successor of Joseph Campbell, John is a teacher of world mythology, Gnosticism, the pre-Christian Mysteries, along with many of his other expert talents. He has traveled widely and lived in Japan, the UK, Greece, Norway, France, Spain and Belgium.

He is author of a number of books including The Seeker's Handbook: The Complete Guide to Spiritual Pathfinding (Crown, 1991), Twins and the Double (Thames & Hudson, 1993), The Hero - Manhood and Power (Thames & Hudson, 1995), Quest for the Zodiac (Starhenge Books, 1999) and Not in His Image (Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2006).[2][3] His work focuses on Gnosticism and the myth of Sophia.[4]

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  1. ^ Stonne, Jonattan P. (2007). "John Lash Interview". That’s quite a compliment to live up to. It was made some years ago by Robert Sardello of the Dallas Institute of Arts and Humanities. 
  2. ^ Northway, Eric (2007). "Book Reviews: Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief by John Lamb Lash". The Pomegranate, the International Journal of Pagan Studies 9 (1): 98–99. 
  3. ^ MacDonald, G. Jeffrey (March–April 2007). "Supplement Feature: Flash Points: Publishers Both Spark and Illuminate Religion Debates". ForeWord. And if that’s not enough diversity on the pro-environment bookshelf, mythologist John Lamb Lash has a book to help unpack pre-Christian paganism and its promise for building kinship between humans and earth. Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology and the Future of Belief (Chelsea Green, 978-1-931498-92-0) blames Christianity’s focus on a father god for setting in motion historical patterns of destruction. A more earth-friendly politics, Lash suggests, would likely emerge from greater attention paid to pagan myths and goddess worship. 
  4. ^ Herrick, James A. (June 2, 2008). Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs. IVP Academic. ISBN 978-0-8308-2588-2. Gnostic apologist John Lamb Lash, author of Not in His Image (2006), comments that the gnostic revival means a turn towards the divine feminne principle known as Pistis Sophia and "the indwelling wisdom," and away from redemptive religion.