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on July 14, 2002
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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on August 24, 2013
This book tells it just like it is no bull at all. No more religious programming for me ever!!!!! You have got to get this if you don't have it. Please stop being deceived..no more religious slavery!!!!!
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on October 11, 2002
Raised as a rural southern, I have always felt that I should be a church-going member. It was part of my family and culture for my childhood. For the past 15 years or so, I'm 35 now, I've had questions that no one I've spoken with has been able to adequately answer. Things are much clearer after reading this book. It is very informative and factual. Frankly, I wasn't aware there were so many discrepancies in the bible. This book is too brief to address them all but does highlight some of the major ones. It also made me more aware of the need for Christians in the US to actually read the bible. Not just the good things that are spoken in church but the bible in its entirety. Christians should read this book above any other group. Not as an attempt to convert them to atheism but to put religion in a better perspective.
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on February 6, 1999
Anyone who has ever taken the time to evaluate the Christian religion is aware of the absurdities underlying its primary claims. But it has always required a great deal of reading to gain some background on the historical underpinnings of the religion. In this book Leedom has gathered together articles on a wide range of subjects that attack the shaky foundation of Christian mythology.
From Graves' "Sixteen Crucified Saviors" to Thomas Paine's delightfully rational analyses of Christian irrationality, this book is a wonderful read. The Remsburg excerpt on the lack of any historical record for Jesus is worth the price of the book alone (although you might also want to purchase the two Remsburg books: "The Christ" and "The Bible").
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on October 1, 2003
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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on November 19, 2006
This book is not for the faint of heart, religiously speaking. This is not a book for those who are reluctant to read with an open mind. It is not a book for those who do not want to challenge their own beliefs and religious viewpoints. It is, however, a book for those who want and need to understand the reality of religious teachings. It is a book for those who are not afraid to consider freethought, that is, reaching conclusions based on evidence and common sense, rather than dogma.

That being said, this book is a mindblower. It is a collection of essays by world renowned historians, researchers and theologians, who present the reader with a truck load of propositions against the existence of God.

Such propositions are enough to set off uncontrollable anger because most people have been taught to believe in some form of God, despite any hard evidence. Our religious beliefs are based on Bible stories, myth and dogma, not on scientific evidence.

This book is a hard hitting, sometimes disturbing, yet logical and scientific presentation of facts against the existence of a God. It is organized into sections on specific topics, such as the Origins of Religion, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Bible, Jesus, and Doctrine, to name a few.

The intent of the book is to show the reader the obvious, and compelling weak points of religious doctrine and dogma.

Consider the fact that Christians around the world celebrate Christmas on Dec 25th, the date they believe is the birth date of Jesus Christ. In reality, this date was the Roman celebration of the winter solstice. There is no evidence that Christ was born on this date, or even close to it. Along with this, St. Francis of Assisi is credited with the creation of the first Nativity scene in 1223. He invented this scene as a teaching tool. In other words, the Nativity scene is not based on fact, but is simply a human invention to illustrate a point of view.

The above is a mild example of what the reader will find in this book. Most of the examples are far more provocative. Take, for instance, the fact that Jesus Christ was not the only Messiah to live on earth. There are about fifty-one such Messiahs who were all born of virgins, came to earth to save mankind, were crucified and then rose from the dead. The Egyptian God, Horus, lived on earth and said and did all the things that Jesus said and did. The life of Horus, however, was recorded 1000 years before the birth of Christ.

This book is a tough read in the sense that it challenges the reader to think for himself. It forces the reader to look at facts long repressed by religious leaders. It encourages the reader to consider scientific facts that fly in the face of blind faith. Myths, half truths and convoluted dogma are tossed out the window in this provocative book.

The reader may go away from this book without any major change in personal beliefs. Religious beliefs, after all, are deeply ingrained. But at the very least, the reader will be encouraged to think and reason, even if only for the length of time it takes to read this book. That alone, is no small matter.
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Thought-provoking.
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on September 13, 2006
This book may be a good introduction to freethinking for those curious enough to pick it up. The book suffers from a poor presentation that makes it seem disorganized and comic-bookish. The truth is it is not all that bad, but the reader needs to approach it understnding that all this book does is introduce you to the issues. If someone reads this book and becomes interested in following the trail of one of the many authors introduced, well then the book has done its job, I think. That appears to be the purpose. I like this book and would recommend it to teenagers or those who have blindly accepted received wisdom all their lives and who are now ready to explore for themselves. Is it a threat to faith?--- yes it is. It encourages free-thinking in the purest sense, and any and all freethinking threatens religious dogmatism and priestcraft. The title is therefore appropriate; this book has a value of its own in that it may reach and help many people who are grasping for the truth, who are fed up with groveling before a fairy tale.
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a powerful collection of articles that makes one want to go out and urge every "Christian" or "Jew" they know to find and read at least one work that contradicts their core beliefs. If their core beliefs are solid, shouldn't they withstand the test?
There is diversity here (like in the wonderful book, Rebels & Devils) which brings fresh insights. The articles are tied together by interesting quotes and intriguing, often disturbing photos. I skipped a point because I would have liked the photos to be referenced. I was left wondering about place of origin: what museum, cathedral, etc. In fairness, this complaint is somewhat offert by the inclusion of a highly interesting appendix that includes a list of freethinkers.
All-in-all this a probing analysis of religion in a manner that seems to strive for greater understanding - not just a negating of beliefs.
Like the best works that open your mind to facts your private school and your church never told you, you come away feeling empowered and enlightened. Whatever your faith, I like when that happens! Breaking down misconceptions is good...
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on March 11, 2012
Pretty good book , easy to read and covers alot of material. For further in depth reading, I would suggest "Nature's Eternal Religion" and "Revolution of Values Through Religion" by Ben Klassen, both available here at Amazon.
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