The Secret History Of Lucifer: And the Meaning Of the True Da Vinci Code Paperback – Feb 27 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Though dense with research, readers interested in religious conspiracies, particularly those for which Christianity is held responsible, will find Picknett's redemption of Lucifer as "Light-bringer" and "enlightener" fascinating. Picknett, author of many conspiracy-oriented books about topics like the Turin shroud, the Templars and most recently Mary Magdalene, sets out to correct misconceptions about Lucifer, who she claims is not synonymous with the devil or Satan. Lucifer, she writes, "is emphatically not the Evil One, but the spirit of human progress, the fight to learn and grow, to be independent and proud." Divided into two parts, the first is dedicated to Lucifer's relationship with the feminine and his subsequent "fall" from morning star to bringer of hell as a result of his feminization, while the second traces Lucifer's emergence in history as Satan. Filled with ironic undertones, Picknett's exploration of Lucifer's association with womanhood is the more interesting of the two sections, offering well-researched interpretations of the Judeo-Christian creation myth, ancient goddess traditions, and pagan rituals. Picknett's depth and range of knowledge is impressive and if readers can forgive the annoying and repeated self-references to her many other works, they will encounter a thick, interesting and alternative view of an intriguing topic. (Aug.)
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" 'A thought-provoking book that considers many issues, not least the role and image of women in Christianity.' Good Book Guide 'Lynn Picknett... presents the Magdalene in a fresh and disconcerting way.' Washington Post Book World 'Picknett's book... puts Mary Magdalene back on top of her pedestal.' Nexus" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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The author's primary focus throughout the majority of the text is to nullify a variety of conceptions about Christianity, including issues such as the true role of Mary Magdalene and the rivalry between Christ and John the Baptist. It continues on to discuss alternate views on Christianity, and spends some time dealing with Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible, and does an incredibly poor job of ensuring the distinction between Lucifer and Satan, even though such a distinction was made (albeit briefly) earlier in the book. There is a very interesting section regarding DaVinci's paintings and the hidden meanings therein, but again, these meanings are almost always attributed to being about John the Baptist, and having little or nothing to do with Lucifer. Furthermore, there are a staggering amount of assumptions made on the author's part regarding meanings of symbols and images without any specific qualification to justify them.
There is an attempt within the introduction of each chapter to connect the subject matter with Lucifer, but the attempts are consistently vague and incomplete, only used as a segue of sorts between the intended subject of the book and the alternate content that the author was very passionate about, which, as she mentions numerous times, is mostly contained within her other books. This brought me to the conclusion that the author's intent with this book had been meant to be as more of a follow-up to her other publications.Read more ›
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The most interesting part of the book is its linkage of Gnostic belief and Luciferinism. It is suprisingly erotic and a bit sensational with some of its theories and history.
There are also some facinating ideas about the alleged "feud" between Jesus and John the Babtist, that definitely paints Jesus outside of the "love one another" philosophy.
As popular as Picknett is with Dan Brown virtually relying on all of her material, I'm suprised this book hasn't got more attention.
I read this book when I was still a Satanist (I'm not anymore), and most definitely did not find it useful. If you are looking for actual history written by real historians, I would highly suggest reading, "The Origin of Satan" by Helen Pagels either instead of or along with this book. That one is fact based. While it does digress into talk about early Christian and Jewish sects, the whole thing is coherent and engaging - and will help you to be a better Satanist by understanding the history of humankind's perception of Satan.