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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Ronin Publishing; 1St Edition edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579511449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579511449
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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I purchased this book after having heard the author interviewed on a radio program. Whilst I find his premise interesting, I wish there had been more direct quotes to substantiate his claims. During the course of his interview, Dr. Hillman asserted that his book was well researched and that quotes by early Christian leaders regarding child rape in the burgeoning church were included in his treatise; this is not necessarily true. First off: this book is extremely short - 145 pages. In my opinion such a subject warrants a much longer narrative, possibly spanning centuries, and when I finished the book after less than two hours I was left with more questions than answers.
There are many quotes in the book - mostly offered as little side lines from the main narrative - and they mostly deal with Christian misogynistic views and their stance on the use of drugs by Pagan cults and the need for Christian sobriety. There are no footnotes, end notes, bibliography, or any research material offered in the book. I also believe this to be a sequel to Dr. Hillman's The Chemical Muse, which directly dealt with ritual drug use in the classical pagan world and indeed, I'd say 85% of this book deals with that subject alone. He offers compelling evidence that the church waged the "first war on drugs" and began the "war on women" which we are still fighting to this day.
Dr. Hillman's views on women and their place in ancient society was informative and he eloquently described the reasons and means by which early church fathers sought to silence females and to relegate them to the roles of second class citizens. The quotes he offers by St.
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Readers with a cursory knowledge of Greek culture will be surprised at the assertion that women played a prominent role in Attic politics and philosophy. Of course, they didn't, but the good doctor fails to provide any footnotes for his "wealth of evidence" that consists of a few vague exhortations against lechery. Chapters begin and end with accusations totally unsubstantiated by the bulk of the material; he can't even stay on topic. Just an inept anti-Christian rant, not to be taken seriously. I had hoped to find material I could use, as I consider pedophilia a major problem in the Catholic church. (I am Catholic.) I have personally known someone who was given heroin and raped by Catholic priests at the age of 12, and a girl whose father started sexually abusing her when she was 11 (the father was highly active in his protestant church). But this reads like it was written by an unbalanced yeshiva sophomore. Paints Christ as a pedophile, Saint Peter as a murderer, and Greece as rewritten to suit the fantasies of Gloria Steinem. Of course there is no mention of Talmudic pedophilia, nor of the efforts of Sigmund Freud, Leo Strauss and their ilk to render this kind of behavior acceptable. Bizarre. Destroys his credibility, which is a shame, because his previous book, The Chemical Muse, is a worthwhile contribution. Also, Hillman likes the title of 'doctor,' though he admits he only attained it by playing the obscurantist. And his photo, which is reproduced at the beginning and the end of the book, shows a pompous douche in front of a statue of Pan. Christians take note, you are too prudish to appreciate such a sculpture.
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Dr. David Hillman has gone to original sources of the time to expose the early teachings and practices of Christianity. No doubt many Christians will find this disturbing because they haven't read their own history, or would rather forget. Dr. Hillman, however, in his ability to read ancient Greek, does not have to rely on propaganda or Christian translations to know what the ancients said about what was going on during the time early Christianity forcefully forced themselves upon the ancient Pagan world and sent the world into the Dark Ages. Like it or not, let us at least know the truth of the times. Time we drop the illusions.
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I found this book to be of a dubious nature and full of references to sodomy as if that's the original sin.
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I liked this book. I thought it was very informative and concise. The quotes from the primary sources were on each page in the squares where they stood out. I learned how the words "demon and pornography" were introduced into English lexicon. Additionally this book showed the goal of the Christian Church was political dominance and this dovetails with another book I'm reading "The History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages" volumes 1,2, &3 by Henry C. Lea.
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