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THE GOD-IDEA OF THE ANCIENTS OR SEX IN RELIGION by Eliza Burt Gamble (New York, 1897)

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THE GOD-IDEA OF THE ANCIENTS OR SEX IN RELIGION by Eliza Burt Gamble (New York, 1897)

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THE GOD-IDEA OF THE ANCIENTS OR SEX IN RELIGION by Eliza Burt Gamble (New York, 1897)

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Gamble, Eliza Burt. THE GOD-IDEA OF THE ANCIENTS OR SEX IN RELIGION. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1897. 

First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Olive cloth with gilt titles to front and spine. Top edge gilt. 339 pages plus 2-page advertisement for another book by the author. Former owner’s bookplate to front pastedown which appears to cover a different former owner’s name and address. A very good to near fine copy. 

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Gamble brings together an immense amount of historical and anthropological information to sustain the thesis that sex is the fundamental fact not only in the operation of nature, but also in the construction of a god. She begins with the ancient races and religions and works her way through the Christian era, stressing that Christianity is just an extension of Paganism. 

Eliza Burt Gamble (1841–1920) was an intellectual active in the 19th and early 20th centuries. She was an advocate of the Women's Movement. Her writings pioneered the use of evolutionary theory as a resource for making claims about women. Her work engaged with Charles Darwin’s theory of sexual selection. Her work paid significant attention to the importance of gender in evolution. She wrote three books: ‘The Evolution of Woman’ (1894), ‘The God-Idea of the Ancients’ (1897), and ‘The Sexes in Science and History’ (1916). Gamble sought to challenge male patriarchy using arguments grounded in religion, science, and history. In her first and third books, Gamble employed close reading and theoretical argumentation about scientific texts to demonstrate women’s superiority. In ‘The God-Idea of the Ancients’, on the other hand, she examines religious history to prove that women’s position in society was the result of an aberrant historical process.