Posted by: Nyxks | June 8, 2007

Egypt: Child of Atlantis

Egypt: Child of Atlantis
by John Gordon © 2004
Bear and Company
ISBN 1-59143-023-2
294 pages includes black-and-white illustrations, appendices, and Notes
paperback
$20.00 (U.S.) $29.95 (Canada)
reviewed by: Mike Gleason

The author’s Theosophical leanings become evident very early in this work (which is not surprising, as he is a Theosophist lecturer). He brings together data from a variety of sources both within and without the scientific community. This results, depending upon your personal belief system, in an extremely valuable approach or utter rubbish. He places a heavy reliance on the writings of H.P. Blavatsky (founder of the Theosophical movement) whose writings were dismissed at the time of their publication, but which have, albeit reluctantly, given more credence as more information has come to light.

For those individuals who are primarily interested in Atlantis, its culture and its history – this is NOT the book for you. For those individuals primarily interested in Egyptology, this is NOT the book for you. If, on the other hand, you have a basic understanding of, and interest in, Theosophical thought as it relates to an interpretation of the history of the world during the past 25,000 years or so, this IS the book for you.

Many of the references used in this book date back 100 years or so. At the time they were written they were dismissed as mere fantasy. Today some of them are getting a serious second look, while others continue to be dismissed. Unfortunately, the author (in many cases) tries to use negative arguments to make his case (i.e., scientists have not disproven this conjecture, so it must be true). It is not up to science to disprove his conjectures, it is up to him to offer proof. Conjecture and speculation, regardless how many examples and sources are cited, do not constitute proof, even in the field of “ancient mysteries.”

Amongst the more than 100 books I have reviewed this year, this is one of the ones which required the highest degree of concentration. Each chapter, indeed each paragraph, deserves to be read with total commitment to absorbing the information contained therein.

If you are tired or distracted do not read this book. Whether or not you agree with the proposals and conclusions of the author, you will need your wits about you to make the most of what is contained within the covers of this book.

The $20 price tag is insignificant when weighed against the sheer amount of data assembled by Mr. Gordon. Frankly, I expected a much “lighter” book (in tone) for the price. I was pleasantly surprised by the sincerity with which it was presented.

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