Book Review: In Search of Ancient Wisdom

In Search Of Ancient Wisdom, by Baz Cashin

Although this book is called In Search Of Ancient Wisdom, it would have been an act of far greater intellectual honesty than the author of this pastiche of ancient mythology in all of its corruption appears to possess to call it “In Search Of Ancient Folly.” Whether there remains a great market for this author’s strident calls for mankind to abandon biblical truth (or even the pretension of following biblical truth) and seek after the corrupt and ungodly ways of Egypt and Greece and Mesopotamia, it is clear that the author at least knows what side he is on. The wide gulf between this author and those authors who have examined the same material and times and found evidence of the clear preexistence of biblical truth and its later corruption into heathenism [1] [2] is impossible to exaggerate and emblematic of the innate hostility between the spirit of Antichrist and the ways of the Eternal.

This particular work is a combination of chapters from about half a dozen of the author’s warmed over paens to heathen culture that were apparently previously self-published, the author seeking to combine the introductory sections of these half a dozen books together to intrigue potential readers to his ideas about the desirability of the rebirth of ancient paganism. While there are plenty of blameworthy aspects of his work (including the way in which he tries to illegitimately have his cake and eat it too by condemning and misrepresenting the biblical view of culture and history as well as considering it too as just another heathen myth), one small matter in the author’s favor is his open approval of human sacrifice and sexual immoralitity and reincarnation and gnostic elitism and the other barbarities of ancient heathenism. At the very least, he doesn’t sugarcoat his views, which speaks at least somewhat in his favor, I suppose.

For the most part, this particular book (it is mercifully short) seeks to argue for the antiquity and originality of pagan thought and its ruin in the face of a later ethical monotheism, which is directly counter to the biblical truth that there was originally ethical monotheism that has been corrupted by evil (while its knowledge of the universe has been appropriated by those later fallen generations and perverted for their own purposes) and only later on a decline into polytheism and pantheism. Likewise, the author completely ignores the importance of primitive shamanism for Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Greek heathen thought, seeking to present such heathenism as civilized and elevated instead of a corrupt depature from truth. That said, I do agree with at least some of the points the author makes about the Sphinx being the artifact of a pre-flood civilization. Even a blind squirrel has to find a few nuts, I suppose.

Almost the most praiseworthy suggestion this author makes for the restoration of the old ways into society is his (possibly) tongue-in-cheek praise of the ancient idea of ritual regicide where rulers were killed in the earliest (and most brutal) form of term limits. Given the fact that many leaders in this world today seek to extend their rule long beyond their “sell-by” date through oppressing and murdering their own restive citizens, a habit of regicide in such cases would be a healthy culling of the tendencies of leaders to think the lives of their people of greater worth than their own. While I am not actually in favor of regicide, it is about the only aspect of heathen religious culture that I could even remotely support given my own sensibilities (of which, it must be admitted, my struggles with respect for authority are probably among the least praiseworthy aspects of my own personality, especially in the eyes of those who have been unfortuante enough to be authority figures in my life).

Those who read this book should have a fair and just understanding of what they will be reading. Much of it is a half-baked praise of the wholeness of the ancient heathen ethos, a hostile and biased and inaccurate view of biblical truth, a view of history that combines an accurate perception of the similar pagan views of many ancient societies with the inaccurate premise that such ancient ways are worthy of exploration and revival. For those who are neo-pagans in search of a work to flatter their supposed enlightened ways, this book will present a foretaste of the author’s general body of work. For those who are followers of Yahweh and defenders of the biblical worldview, this author makes no mistake that he is an open enemy of the ways of God. If only all enemies of God’s ways were so candid and open about their hostility.

[1] https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/book-review-gods-time-capsule/

[2] https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/book-review-spirit-of-antichrist/

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