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The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You to Read Paperback – September 1, 2001


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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Truth Seeker/EWorld Inc.; 2nd edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939040158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939040155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"excellent book" -- roxanne warner

"great book" --luther warner

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Pretty good book , easy to read and covers alot of material.
Mark
There may be intelligent books out there that criticize Christian theology and tradition, but this is not it.
Dianelos Georgoudis
This book lacks organization and it lacks any academic references.
Jason Cassady

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415 of 459 people found the following review helpful By TheHighlander on July 14, 2002
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This is a book that must be read with an open mind. Those with hard-core beliefs will not like this book. They will not give it the proper thought. The book focuses on Christianity, probably because it is the most popular religion today, and only touches on most other religions. That is the reason I could not bring myself to award a five star review. But the author's points are worth considering for an open minded person.
The book reviews letters and speeches by some of the founding fathers including Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine. it touches on the native American with a review of the words of Chief Seattle. Talks on the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Essenes and Mithra releigons. It follows the history of the English Bible and the changes, reprints and revisions that have befell it. The history of many of the stories in the Bible, how they existed before Christianity, the parallels in beliefs of Christianity and other religions that existed prior to it. The customs around The Last Supper as well as the contradictions between the four gospels.
A good read for those interested in the true origins of religion and what man believed before the religions of today. This book should be read as one of many on the subject but no thorough research on the subject should leave this book out. Read it with an open mind and think on it.
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200 of 227 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 8, 1999
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I found "The Book" very informative on contemporary issues such as women, religion and politics, religious persecution, etc. However, the over-biased nature of the critiques in some of the articles lessens its creditability. Several of the historical essays abound with fallacies and misinformation. The strength of the book lies in its attack on Christian fundamentalism. The fact is that historically, Christianity has been the enemy of freethought and intellectualism. Most Christians are not encouraged to examine their scriptures critically but to accept what they don't undertand "on faith." It provides convincing arguments to show that the Bible is not the moral yardstick that Christians proclaim it to be. For example, it deals with savagery of Yahweh's Laws and commands, and looks critically at the New Testament's teachings. Many of writers of are very well-respected in their fields such as Robert Eisenman, known for his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Overall, this is a pretty good buy and it makes for interesting reading. I think that it belongs on the bookshelf of every Christian home. Though some of the material is a bit sketchy, it will make the serious Christian reexamine his faith in light of the many complex issues--from ancient to contemporary--that have to addressed.
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111 of 128 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2001
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This anthology of writings by religious scholars documents the fact that Christianity has its roots in ancient astrological sun worship (son worship) religions. It is a documented historical fact, not disputed by any legitimate scholar of ancient history, that in the thousands of years that preceded the story of Christ, there have been numerous "saviors" who were born on December 25th to virgin mothers, were proclaimed to be the "Son of God", and were crucified, only to be raised from the dead on March 25th. For example, the Egyptian god Horus was the "Good Shepherd", the "way the truth and the light", the "krst" (the Christ), was baptised at age 30, was a child teacher in the temple, had his birth marked by a star, had 12 disciples, and was tempted on the mountain by a demonic figure. The eastern god Virishna's birth to a virgin mother fulfilled an ancient prophecy, and the ruler of that time killed all male children under the age of two in an attempt to kill him. At his birth, he was given gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. He was worshipped as the savior of man, led a humble life performing miracles such as raising the dead. He was put to death on the cross between two thieves, only to rise from the dead and ascend to heaven. Then there is Mithra, Tammuz, Quetzalcoatl, .....well, you get the picture.
The astrological connections in Christianity are inescapable. The winter solstice, which occurs on December 21/22, is the low point of the sun in its yearly cycle, when the ancients believed it "died", only to be "born again" three days later (December 25th). At the spring equinox (March 21/22), life is "resurrected" (in plants and trees), and again takes three days for this process to be symbolically completed (March 25th, Easter).
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 2003
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The book contains an excellent assortment of contemporary and historical freethought writings organized into broad categories, including Fundamentalism, Church & Society, and even Dead Sea Scrolls. The book's impact suffers, however, from the poor copy-editing and composition. In particular, I stumbled over a profusion of typo's, poorly reproduced and sometimes crude illustrations, and occasionally slap-dash page design. The editors should better identify the author of each piece and the date it was written, and the source and date of each quotation. The threat to the United States from religious fundamentalism has grown and metastasized since this book appeared in 1993, so perhaps a revised and expanded edition is in order.
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