Before it's too late
I do not read non-fiction. I am not a rabid feminist, a follower of airy mythic cults, nor am I particularly interested in religious theory of any kind. So an effort like J. Lyn Studebaker's Switching to Goddess is the last book I would likely choose to read. Yet read it I did, and now I am not only convinced, but also armed with an arsenal of arguments and common sense weapons that enable me to do battle with Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and all other contemporary religions that have systematically sickened mankind for the past 6000 years.
I do not mind admitting that I was born into the Christian tradition. But over the years Jehovah, the religion's CEO, has come to seem more and more like a jealous, vengeful, vicious, misogynous, war-loving maniac responsible for millions of deaths. Anyone who doesn't precisely agree with this CEO is relegated to everlasting hell...his way, or the highway. Plus, as Studebaker points out, this boss doesn't much care for playfulness, creativity, sensuality, or even women...which pretty much leaves a gal like me out of the loop.
I do not fail to notice that CEOs Allah, Indra, and Yahweh are equally unforgiving and bloodthirsty. While religious wars continue to rage in our Twenty-First Century world, not only in the Middle East but right here in the USA, where the Religious Right and stone-throwing intolerance are making frightening comebacks, Switching to Goddess teaches us that we must find different gods to guide us...and soon. We must forsake concepts like armed, arsenal, weapons, and do battle...all words I used in the first paragraph, and steer away from faith induced self annihilation.
I do not normally read scholarly books, but J. Lyn Studebaker was sneaky. In Switching to Goddess she time warped me through the long Neolithic era, through the Bronze Age, right up until this moment. She proved through art, social and anthropological patterns, and with archeological evidence that for most of human history we all worshiped Goddess and were happier, healthier, peaceful, and much nicer people under Her tutelage. Studebaker taught with such witty, fun- loving, tongue-in-cheek, occasionally sarcastic, often sacrilegious, zippy, and engaging language that it didn't even hurt to learn so much.
I do not climb onto soapboxes, but underlying Studebaker's research and her feisty delivery, I was stricken sober by the stunningly important message: switching to Goddess is humanity's ticket to the future, our only ticket. So now I am on that soapbox hoping everyone will read this book before it is too late.
I do not listen to activists who urge us to do something, but fail to provide one clue as to HOW to do that thing we need to do. Studebaker spells it out, the ways and means of reversing our downward religious spiral and replacing our destructive sky/war/father gods with nurturing guiding Goddesses who will love us all unconditionally, just as all healthy mothers love their children...and we can, and must, do this by 2035.
So, in conclusion, if a naysayer like me needed to read this book, then so do you. Please buy it today and let's see what we all can do to help make the switch.