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The Origin of God

This is an article based on G. Ward's exclusive interview with the widow of the best-selling author Laurence Gardner - he died about six months ago, and his new book, The Origin of God , has just been published posthumously by Angela Gardner.

The widow of best-selling British author Laurence Gardner has no worries about being left to face controversy over his new book, published posthumously, which concludes there is no evidence for the existence of God.

For one thing, Angela Gardner helped to set up a publishing company to rush The Origin of God into print so it would be available in the year of her husband's death.  

And for another, she says that her husband expected 'as much controversy as possible in order that the truth can be known in a world where people believe too much and know too little'.

Gardner, 67, lost a long battle against cancer last August soon after completing the book.

Dash House Publishing was then set up by Angela and her sister and brother-in-law, Susan and David Hunter, of Hampshire. In this way, the book could be brought out by the end of 2010, said Angela, and they would be publishing the sequel, Revelation of the Devil, next spring.

'I expect The Origin of God will be controversial but I hope those who take the time to read it will do so with an open mind and not dismiss it out of hand,' she said. 'As with Laurence, I believe that everyone has the right to pursue their own path in life and to be tolerant of others, no matter what their religious views might be.'

In the book's introduction, Gardner says: 'Our quest is to discover from all available sources what evidence there is, if any, to support the long-standing and widespread notion of God's existence. Is there a creative, supernatural, intelligent entity in the universe, or is the concept just an abiding superstition?'

He examines all biblical and other historical data and concludes there is 'absolutely no proof, nor even circumstantial evidence' that God exists: 'God can only be said to exist as an optional concept based on individual choice,' he says. 'He is a subject of unsubstantiated belief, not of certainty.'

Gardner was no stranger to religious controversy. Among his international best-sellers was his 1996 book, Bloodline of the Holy Grail, which was instrumental in inspiring Dan Brown's blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code of 2003. Laurence suggested Jesus did not die on the cross but married Mary Magdalene, fathered children and created a bloodline of descendants existing to the present day. Foremost in the 'alternative history' genre - presenting controversial revisionist theories and challenging orthodox views of world history - Gardner's other works include The Grail Enigma (2008) and Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark (2004).

He was unhappy that, as he saw it, the 'cult of celebrity' had taken over the publishing industry, but he joked with Angela that no one was likely to find any bigger celebs than the subjects of his two new books - God and the Devil.

'Since 2005, when Laurence was diagnosed with a particularly virulent form of cancer,' said Angela, 'he told me that before he died he was determined to complete The Origin of God and The Revelation of the Devil, books which he'd had on the go for many years and was adding to all the time. It gave him the purpose he needed to keep going during those difficult years of illness.

'We didn't know how long Laurence had to live, so he immersed himself in his research, drawing on documents that pre-date the Bible by thousands of years to construct a biography of God through the centuries.

'It was never his intention to be confrontational. He was not egotistical or biased in the manner in which he presented his work. He wrote for those who were questing and seeking the truth on religious issues in the firm belief that his work would be a force for good.

'The Origin of God sets out well-recorded and well-referenced historical knowledge which has clearly been overlooked by religious interests and beliefs at a time when so many people are losing faith in the value and credibility of religious organizations.'

Angela said her husband would have welcomed the opportunity to open up debate. He had never shied away from controversy and would often discuss aspects of his work in lectures and in radio interviews, particularly in America where he was a frequent speaker. 'Sadly, he is no longer with us and cannot take part in such discussions,' she added.

In his proposal and synopsis for The Origin of God, Gardner said the book undertook a biographical exploration of the character known as Yahweh, Allah or simply the Lord: 'It seeks to uncover and evaluate his original identity, as against his eventual religiously motivated portrayals. Then, following the course of his story into biblical scripture, we discover a strategy of pure literary evolution.' 
Following successive disasters post-9/11, churchmen and theologians had written books giving various reasons for God's inexplicable methods of divine judgment. Meanwhile, scientists and atheists had published works of anti-religious dogma saying there was no God.

Traditionally, those who wrote books about God were either stalwart believers or confirmed non-believers. Their books emerged with immediate vested interest, and there was a lack of anything newly objective. The Origin of God minimized the 'science versus religion' debate and substituted a straightforward and impartial historical inquiry.

Beyond the traditions of belief and disbelief, scant attention has been paid to the personal history of God from a standpoint outside the Bible - and it is this unbiased premise that makes The Origin of God different. It is, indeed, a masterly study, and must be one of the most important and comprehensive works in the history of religion.

Gardner asks the awkward questions. If there was nothing before God created everything, then where was God before that? Where did he come from? If the Bible had never been written, would we know about God from any more original source? Did the Israelite scribes invent God for some reason, or did they have access to earlier records concerning him? If so, what were they?

The answer to this query could lie in the work of the late Christian O'Brien, a Cambridge scholar and exploration geologist, who proposed in the 1980s that members of an advanced race - known in the records of Sumeria, the world's oldest known civilization, as the Anannage or 'Shining Ones' - re-started civilization in southern Lebanon around 9,000BC. The Anannage seem to have been the first beings ever to be regarded as 'gods' - and one of them in all probability was Yahweh.

In the last 10 years, the independent researcher Edmund Marriage, a relative of O'Brien's, was a frequent visitor and friend at the Gardners' home in Devon because so much of Gardner's work resonated with that of O'Brien, whose books were an invaluable source of reference material. Further research by Edmund Marriage and the Golden Age Project suggests the Anannage were the survivors of a civilization decimated by planetary catastrophe in about 10,400BC when interstellar debris collided with the Earth.

The Anannage appear in the historical record for thousands of years, but it is not explained that the various descendent godly figures died or went elsewhere. The documentary perception simply changes about 1,400BC from one of actual physical presence to that of mysterious spiritual presence - by a remarkable coincidence, just like God's.

Whoever the Anannage might have been, and from wherever they might have come, says Gardner, who supports and expands on the O'Brien thesis, the Sumerians were absolutely sincere about their existence at a time when their social, academic and technological cultures leapt forward way in advance of any other region on Earth: 'seemingly out of position in time and place, these highly advanced individuals appear, like a cast-remnant from Atlantis, to create the most impressive and influential civilization of the era'.

Text © Geoff Ward 2011.
Presented with permission.
No reproduction without prior permission.

The Origin of God 

by Laurence Gardner 


Belief in the One male God of Judaism, Christianity and Islăm can be traced back for something over 2,500 years to the time when the Hebrew scripture of Genesis was compiled in the 6th century BC. The narrative content of Genesis was clearly derived from older traditions but, on the face of it, we have no documentary evidence from any other source of a monotheistic culture in respect of this particular God from before that date. In The Origin of God, written but not published before his untimely death in August 2010, Laurence Gardner, author of the international bestsellers Bloodline of the Holy Grail, Genesis of the Grail Kings and Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark, undertakes a biographical exploration of the deiform character variously known as Yahweh, Allăh, or simply The Lord. He seeks to uncover and evaluate His original identity, as against His eventual religiously motivated portrayals. Beginning with documents that pre-date the Bible, Laurence Gardner's final quest was to discover from all available sources what evidence there is, if any, to support the long-standing and widespread notion of God's existence, posing the question: If the Bible had never been written, would we know about God from any more original source?


The Origin of God by Laurence Gardner is published by Dash House Publishing, UK Ł14.99 / US $23.70. ISBN 978-0-9567357-0-6.

Laurence Gardner's Official Home Page: www.graal.co.uk 
Dash House Publishing: www.dashhousepublishing.co.uk 
Golden Age Project: www.goldenageproject.org.uk 

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Geoff Ward -  The Origin of God, by Laurence Gardner