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Christ's Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity Paperback – April 30, 2012
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1) The arrogant tone of Zuesse is very disturbing to read. He seems to have little spiritual foundation to approach the thesis with humility. He set out to write a book to shock the world, claiming that all theologians and scholars have missed what he writes in this book. I want to read about Christ's Ventriloquists, but when I saw Zuesse wants to be one of them, I wanted to throw up.
2) Zuesse promised to be unbiased in his analysis but his writing turned out to be extremely bias against the New Testament. For example, he would quote the OT text about circumcision without questioning it's validity or the author's motive, but he questioned the motive of Paul who interpreted circumcision in a different way; in fact, he didn't just question Paul, he wrote as if he is in Paul's mind. He implied that today's psychology allowed him to do it, but today's psychology also shows that you tend to project your own mind to others. Thus the only way to know Paul's evil motives require a person just like that. Is Zuesse writing about himself? There is a Burmese saying, "It takes a snake to see the legs of other snakes."
3) This book can misinform any reader that doesn't know the Bible well. By questioning the validity of certain books in the Bible and the authenticity of certain versions, Zuesse has created for himself the freedom to pick and choose whatever passage he wants and ignore the rest as invalid. What's the difference between Zuesse and the fundamentalists? The same cherry picking reductionism, only from the opposite dimensions.Read more ›
A thrice-published Random House crime novelist, I'm at work on two TV crime miniseries, the first about the massacre of the Romanovs and a Canadian/UK effort to rescue them in June/Jluy 1918 (amongst other adventures of Canada's real-life Indiana Jones). The second's about a remarkable young American woman who was at once a CIA asset and deeply involved in Cuban and Latin American left-wing politics: depending on who you believe, she may have danced the twist with Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City ten weeks before JFK was assassinated in Dallas.
Religiously, I'm a lapsed Irish-Canadian Catholic with a deep background in apologetics and epistemology; I was raised by a Jesuit-schooled former Franciscan/IBM logician-engineer. I'm at present a practitioner of mindfulness meditation.
Christ's Ventriloquists is hardly light reading; like a skilled prosecutor, Eric Zuesse has marshalled an investigation that's at once historical and logical, as well as, in my opinion, utterly original.
I've never read anything like Ventriloquists in four decades of wide reading in Church history, theology and philosophy ranging from Thomist to Heidigger, Maritain and Zizek.Read more ›
I was initially put off by repetitive arguments becoming shoe-pounding the table. However, I later worked through these arguments as the author's way of beating back 2,000 years of indoctrination. The points could have been established without te cumulative arguments perhaps with one more edits prior to publication. One is left with the impression that time pressures may have forced a premature release in these aspects.
I am yet unsatisfied with the author's statements about Jesus and what Jesus' reactions to Paul's gospel would be/have been. Those arguments need to be better laid out instead of, or in conjunction with, the repetitive arguments comparing Galatians and the other Pauline Epistles. Otherwise, I'm left using the author's methodology against those blanket statements. Basically, the reader is left to making sweeping inferences concerning what Jesus' positions would be or were, merely because Jesus was a Jew and, presumably, a strict adherent to Judaism. I would like to see those arguments better laid out and replacing some of the repetitive points about forensic methodology and the Galatians - remaining Pauline letters substantiations of the author's logic. Then, I could give a 5-star rating instead of a 3-1/2 - 4-star rating based solely on effort and workmanship.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author makes the case that self-aggrandizing, Paul, not Jesus, created (crafted/cobbled) Christianity splitting from Judaism (of which Jesus was an adherent), or more... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Macaca Lover
This book was a revelation to me. Unlike the biblical 'revelation' Eric Zuesse makes use of available evidence lying around in the bible and subject it to forensic analysis and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Binu M.
At first I thought this was satire. The real joke is that it's meant to be taken seriously. To say the author's "research" is spotty would be a gross understatement. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. David Wilson
The author takes a (IMO) valid concept and proceeds to beat his reader to death with it. I still haven't managed to slog my way through the whole book due to it's tiring... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Cyber
What I find interesting is the author's use of the word (Jew) when the word was not used in the first versions of the bible and does not even take the time to qualify the use of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nicholas Scholten
More blasphemy from the raging heathens. Read Zuesse's own words and develop nausea.Published 2 months ago by Pyra Gorgon
This book analyzes Paul's letter to the Galations in great detail. Providing a look at how a Judean sect of Jesus followers came to be the Christian Church. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an important work. Mr. Zuesse uses legal methodology to show that scholars are reporting only "desires" (due to bias, loc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by judaswasjames
Turgid repetitive. Could have used a slashing editor. Many of the arguments and observations were repeated what felt like dozens of times. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen Laudig