The United States is suffering its greatest upheaval since the Civil War—politically, economically, socially and religiously. In Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine, author Gus diZerega explores the complex causes leading us to this point, comparing them to giant fault lines that, when they erupt, create enormous disturbance and in time new landscapes.
In 1960 the American political landscape seemed as peaceful as California’s hills, valleys, and bays. Since then the country’s deepest fractures have begun to shift. Our land has entered upon a time of growing upheaval in every dimension of our common life. Fault Lines argues three basic faults are causing this disruption.
With great clarity and vision, diZerega traces the disruption first to America's first countercultural movement originating in the antebellum South and coming into later conflict with the "counterculture" of the 60s that continues now in phenomena like Burning Man; second, to the crumbling of the moral foundation birthed by the Enlightenment, leading to today’s nihilism; and third, to the roots of what constitutes civilization itself, as modernity has dissolved its own rootedness in ways of life thousands of years old.
But within this third fault lies hope, as it has opened up the promise of a new society built on different premises based more in equality, sacred feminine values and spiritual immanence. Whether the prevailing oligarchy will abort this transformation is the question of our time, claims diZerega.
Fault Lines enables those of us living through these changes now to understand the powerful forces shaping our lives and calling on us for a response.
“Solving our current crises requires looking into the deepest environmental, social, mythical, and political causes that led us here. Central to our problems is the collapse of the modern world's ethical foundations, a victim of its own success. Healing requires reviving environmental and feminine values spiritually and in our culture generally. Gus diZerega's insightful analysis sheds important light on these cultural and spiritual currents begging for recognition.”
—Anodea Judith, author, Eastern Body, Western Mind and Wheels of Life.
"Cultural historian and political scientist Gus diZerega has provided thoughtful perspectives on the underlying currents of collective consciousness roiling beneath the surface of our political life. Nourishing food-for-thought for anyone seeking to understand our present dilemmas."
—Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., author of Green Psychology and The Unfolding Self
“Gus diZerega, a historian trained in political science and writing in the strong and articulate voice of critical theory, takes us on a ride through world history from the foundations of the Axial Age to the persistent and growing global malaise of modernity. It is a voyage of discovery that argues we are entering a new era made equally possible and equally dangerous by the technological transformations of modern science and the return of the long suppressed spirituality of the Divine Feminine. As a Pagan philosopher and theologian, diZerega persuades us that the return of the Goddess in all of her exuberant forms marks the beginning of a new and possibly renewed post-Axial age, now coming alive again through the creative and compassionate sensibilities of the Divine Feminine.”
—Dr. John Berthrong, Associate Professor of Comparative Theology, Boston University School of Theology
“Political scientist and economist Gus DiZerega is well versed in the entire Western philosophical tradition. He is also an artist, and he writes in plain English about subjects as diverse as history, psychology, environmentalism, theology, paganism and mysticism. Like the indigenous shamans he has studied with, he stands with feet in both worlds. From that perspective, he is uniquely qualified to tell the narrative of how Logos overwhelmed Mythos in Western culture, producing both the detached scientific mind and the transcendental monotheism that has led to modern humanity’s terrible alienation from both the natural world and our own bodies. Happily, DiZerega also explains how the cultural and feminist revolutions of the 1960s initiated the beginning of a new pantheistic environmentalism that will enable us to see the world once again as sacred. Despite the headlines, there is good news: old ways of thinking are receding and the feminine is coming back into balance with the masculine. The Goddess has returned!”
—Barry Spector, author of Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence
“If, in the long-awaited Millennial Moment, the very ground we stand on begins to shift and tremble, this book leaves no doubt as to where the fault lies. It is in us and beneath us, but it is "our fault!" Gus di Zerega, with admirable historical research and considerable erudition, shows just how the cultural schizophrenia of the modern world arose, continues to be perpetuated and imperils our lives and the very world itself. The dualities now called Materialism versus Creationism, Logos versus Mythos, are built on a more ancient dichotomy, not just male/female, but masculine and feminine as approaches to life. The once flourishing religion of the Great Mother has yielded to Patriarchal models, but at our own peril--both environmental and spiritual. diZerega's unflinching analysis is nonetheless interwoven with a basically humanistic emphasis that leaves the reader feeling optimistic and somehow wiser at the end. A must-read for people both alarmed and hopeful about the current condition of the world.”
—Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., Psychology Professor Emeritus, SUNY, and author of The Shaman's Doorway, A Fire in the Mind, The Life of Joseph Campbell and The Fundamentalist Mind
“There are innumerable books today on “How to be a Witch” or on the history of the modern Pagan movement, but there are only an handful of individuals giving serious thought to how a Pagan perspective can inform and enrich the discussion of the most pressing issues of our time. Starhawk was one of the first; Gus diZerega is another. With his academic background in Political Science & Environmentalism and his lived experience of a vibrant Pagan spirituality, he is uniquely suited to address the deep, ongoing changes in our culture and society that are forcing us to re-think the connections between science, culture, and religion. Gus is one of the best and most profound Pagan writers of the modern age and his work can be of the greatest benefit to all - Pagan or not. serves on the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative (www.uri.org) – the world’s largest grassroots interfaith organization.”
—Don Frew, founder and director of the Lost & Endangered Religions Project and serves on the Global Council of the United Religions Initiative