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THE
GOD-IDEA OF THE ANCIENTS

OR
SEX IN RELIGION



BY

ELIZA BURT GAMBLE
Author of "The Evolution of Woman"
G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS
NEW YORK
27 WEST TWENTY-THIRD STREET
LONDON
24 BEDFORD STREET, STRAND
The Knickerbocker Press
1897

 

COPYRIGHT, 1897
BY
G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS
Entered at Stationers' Hall, London
The Knickerbocker Press, New York

 

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

I. SEX THE FOUNDATION OF THE GOD-IDEA

II. TREE, PLANT, AND FRUIT WORSHIP

III. SUN WORSHIP -- FEMALE AND MALE ENERGIES IN THE SUN

IV. THE DUAL GOD OF THE ANCIENTS A TRINITY ALSO

V. SEPARATION OF THE FEMALE AND MALE ELEMENTS IN THE DEITY

VI. CIVILIZATION OF AN ANCIENT RACE

VII. CONCEALMENT OF THE EARLY DOCTRINES

VIII. THE ORIGINAL GOD-IDEA OF THE ISRAELITES

IX. THE PHOENICIAN AND HEBREW GOD SET OR SETH

X. ANCIENT SPECULATIONS CONCERNING CREATION

XI. -- FIRE AND PHALLIC WORSHIP

XII. AN ATTEMPT TO PURIFY THE SENSUALIZED FAITHS

XIII. CHRISTIANITY A CONTINUATION OF PAGANISM

XIV. CHRISTIANITY A CONTINUATION OF PAGANISM (Continued).

XV. CHRISTIANITY IN IRELAND

XVI. STONES OR COLUMNS AS THE DEITY

XVII. SACRIFICES

XVIII. THE CROSS AND A DYING SAVIOR