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372 of 419 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time, November 19, 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: The Dark Side of Christian History (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book. I'm glad it is finally out. All of the religious intolerance of the early church is brought to light. The facts should not be used as a reason to hate the church; but, they help us all understand that claims of a divine right to speak for God are all false. If you liked this book , I would also recommend the book An Encounter With A Prophet. The author of An Encounter With A Prophet would no doubt be burned at the stake if organized religion still had the power it had in the middle ages.
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Initial post: Feb 18, 2010 5:53:06 PM PST
Zero stars for your review.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2010 1:04:04 PM PDT
Looks like you are overruled, Dalton. 314 out of 353 people found the review helpful. Percentage-wise, that's about 4 1/2 stars.

:-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2010 8:17:25 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 21, 2010 5:05:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2010 5:11:26 AM PDT
Reviews like this are "problematic".

(1) First, "A Customer" is a person hiding in anonymity. If you buy the book on this reviewer's recommendation, the situation is CAVEAT EMPTOR, ("Buyer Beware").

You cannot go back and say, "But I bought that book because YOU recommended it, 'A. Customer'."

To me, this is one of the great faults, and demonstrative of an irresponsibilty in book reviewing.

Moreover, I find it shocking, that so many readers will vote for these, REVIEW----BY----A----BOOB constructions.

(2) The review is brief, simplistic, and superficial. There is no critical analysis of anything written by the author.

(3) Also, when you read in this composition, that several of the setences pertain to the promotion of another book, it shows that when empty-headed people run out of subjects to write about, they shift the topic to an entirely different issue to "pad" their review with unrelated Rhetoric.

(4) The scenario that so many of these vacuous "A Customer" reviews frequently engage, is that they invoke some Medieval Problem as though it were a historical immanance. In this review, the corny proposition invoked, is that somebody is going to start Burning-----People----At----The----Stake.

In point of fact, this shows how the "Card--Stacking" technique of propaganda is used to great effect (unfortunately).

(A) It must be remembered, that the reason that someone is not Burned----At----The----Stake, is because the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution forbids the passage of any legislation concerning Religion. That legislation, by and large, exists because The English Civil War (1642-1651) was followed
(after the beheading of King Charles I, and Oliver Cromwell's Regency) by King Charles II, returning to the throne of England, and his persecution of Puritans with a vengeance. The Puritans were the Christian and Protestant sect which supported the Civil War against King Charles I.

To avoid the religious persecution, many Puritans immigrated to the American Colonies. Their strong grounding in English Common Law, contributed strongly to the wording of the Consitution we have today.

(B) "Card Stacking" is a propaganda technique which reduces an argument to some simplistic form, takes it out of its original context, pretends to provide information on both sides of an issue, and obtains some kind of a biased conclusion. This is precisely what this reviewer does, by proposing that Burning----At----The----Stake is an immanent issue in American life. It misrepresents facts concerning persecution. In these misrepresentative arguments, Ellerbe leads readers to suppose that the First Amendment of the U. S. Consititution, does not exist, and that Religious institutions conduct public trials.

(C) This is where "A Customer" perpetuates the Card Stacking argument of author Ellerbe. It is proposed vaguely, that in a modern America the religious engage in, or probably will engage in, Burning----At----The----Stake, and "A Customer" must ignore historical fact in offering the proposition.

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CONCLUSION

When I was young, I also could be easily misled by such arguments, because I had not developed that tendency to "second guess" an author. This is the habit of being willing to at least question everything an author claims as fact.

What a reader needs, as a thinking skill, is to cultivate the willingness to consider that it is not always what an author is writing, that demonstrates the flaw in an argument; but it is precisely what the author is NOT TELLING YOU, that reveals the flaw in an argument.

There are many such people authoring books today. New Age authors, Atheist authors, and authors who are just plain dishonest and employing some kind of Over--the--Top rhetoric to persuade readers that their ideas are strong and sound. Such publications are consistently found to be engaging in Errors---of---Omission.

. In the many years since my youth, I have cultivated a kind of maxim about analysing books. The maxim goes something like this.

"Don't look at what they are SHOWING you; look for what they are NOT SHOWING you."

Searches for "argumentative obverses" to claims made by authors, reviewers, and writers of all stripes, have enabled me to discover some amazingly distorted arguments.

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2010 5:21:09 AM PST
A. H. Smith says:
Speaking of morons: Learn to spell! The word is spelled "reign." Your punctuation skills are also deficient. As to your comment about "the wonderful things Christianity and Judaism brought," there are thousands upon thousands of books published for every one that offers criticism.

You are an infantile little creature, and you fit right in with your co-religionists and right-wing fellow travelers.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 3:20:02 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 10:26:51 AM PDT
M. Cat says:
A. H. Smith says:

"You are an infantile little creature, and you fit right in with your co-religionists and right-wing fellow travelers."

a.h. smith,
You better check your underwear after your little hissy fit.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 12:32:13 PM PST
flashgordon says:
"Every trace of the old philosophy and literature of the ancient world has
vanished from the face of the earth."

This is suppose to be a quote from a St John Chrysostom, but nobody seems to be able to confirm it. Can anybody confirm it beyond secondary sources; about the best that can be said for it is that St John Chrysostom does seem to be anti-Greek mathematical knowledge throughout his works.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2013 10:15:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 10, 2013 10:16:20 AM PDT
John Grove says:
Old M.Cat marking up his posts again. No end to this dude's dishonesty and his moronic responses. Poor little sock puppet..
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