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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Duke Publishing (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615314902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615314907
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,027,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Yothment on September 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
The first edition of Doyle E. Duke's book was titled The Amazing Deception: A History of Christianity; the second edition is renamed The Amazing Deception: A Critical Analysis of Christianity. Lengthened about one hundred pages, the second edition has many more citations in the form of footnotes, more references, a larger bibliography, and two more chapters on a study of Paul. Much to his credit, the copious footnotes always include a reference to a book or website from which the reader can verify certain claims and find out more on a particular subject. Duke often refers to the Original Catholic Encyclopedia website ([...]) website for validation of claims about the Catholic Church. (I wouldn't be surprised if he read the entire encyclopedia!)

Duke says in the Preface of the book that his purpose is fourfold:
1) Trace the birth of Christianity and investigate the validity of the New Testament.
2) Call attention to the confusion and contradictions throughout the New Testament, errors produced by early Church writers (and rewriters) attempting to validate their favorite doctrines.
3) Reveal the evolution of Christianity, from non-violent pacifists to a fanatical theocracy that felt justified in eliminating all opposition to their perceived will of God.
4) Give a warning of the latent dangers inherent within a religion that still perceives its goal as worldwide conversion.

He accomplishes all of these, and more, in his book.

Duke views the bible and Christianity in a way that is very similar to many liberal bible scholars like Bart Ehrman, Burton Mack, and Barrie Wilson. In Duke's view, there really was a Jesus who lived in Palestine in the first century who was crucified by the Romans.
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