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The Invention of Christianity by [Drake, Alexander]
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  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: The Emperor Has No Clothes Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081XCIGC
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(08/18/2015). Update: I must review my own review and sadly I find it lacking. The original intent was there but time has past and my knowledge base has grown; I will therefore simply add comments to the original by enclosing 'new' material in [Square Brackets]. I will also delete the fluff. Most of this new information may be found in just one book: Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation. I suggest you consider it a textbook and even take notes. Not kidding either, otherwise you'll be reading it twice; it's that good and that in-depth. Oh, "The Invention of Christianity" is worth reading. Alex Drake is heading in the right direction but his field of view is way too narrow, but read it anyway because he makes an important contribution nevertheless.

(01/24/2014). "The Invention of Christianity" is such a simple, concise book that it hardly qualifies as one. Nothing is referenced and neither does the author support his theories with lengthy dissertation. Yet he presents his argument with compelling logic, so precise that I could find no reason to doubt. He makes every point without ambiguity as he cuts through church dogma with razor sharp clarity, all of which leaves the reader with a simple explanation of the almost accidental invention of Christianity.

An aside worth mentioning, Christian scholars along with the keepers-of-the-faith, rail without mercy against "those fringe-end, wannabe, self-publishing, loony-kook mythers", and yet by their own admission (e.g., Bart D Ehrman) they don't know anything about the mythical Jesus hypothesis.
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There isn't quite as much information as was in his first book, but many thought-provoking ideas are presented throughout the book. I also liked how the author continued to write in a very accessible and understandable way, so that you don't have to continuously read sentences over in order to try and understand what is being said.

The first part of this book continues with the emphasis on psychology that The Invention of Religion contained and explores the evolution of some of the "key concepts" of religion that the author came up with in his first book. And the second half does some "debunking" of the Old Testament. But the whole idea of the gospels originating from performances really captured my interest, because it really seems to make sense and account for inconsistencies in the New Testament.

Just like the last, this book seemed very logical with sound arguments. Highly recommended.
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The Invention of Christianity by Alexander Drake

"The Invention of Christianity" is a brief book about how Hellenization affected the Hebrew religion and the emergence of Christianity. Alexander Drake follows up his excellent book, "The Invention of Religion" with a lesser quality yet effective book that focuses on how the stories of Dionysus may have evolved into that of Jesus and whether or not the Bible had a divine source or was invented. When compared to his previous book this book leaves something to be desired but be that as it may the author is able to provide compelling arguments to support his theses. This brief 57-page book is broken out into two parts: Part 1 deals with the examination of the evolution of Christianity from Judaism; and Part 2 examines the evidence showing that the Old Testament is written by humans.

Positives:
1. Accessible prose for the masses.
2. A fair and even-handed treatment of the subject. Respectful tone.
3. A practical application of the belief disconfirmation paradigm.
4. Debunking the Counterfeit Evidence Hypothesis.
5. An interesting look at the Hellenic influence on the Hebrew religion.
6. The book focuses on Dionysus. The author does a wonderful job of establishing his theory and providing compelling arguments to support his claims.
7. A good use of scripture to make his points.
8. A look at the conceptions of Heaven and Hell.
9. The Story of the Flood under the microscope. How it compares to the Babylonian flood.
10. A look at the creation story and its shortcomings.
11. The most famous error in the Old Testament.
12. A brief look at some mistakes in the Old Testament.

Negatives:
1. Just doesn't live up to his previous book.
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I enjoyed reading this book because it provided more information about the development of religion. Things I never knew and were never told. I feel I have b been set free from incarceration.....wow!!!!!
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This book is for anyone who is trying to better understand Christianity and its origins. If you doubt the existence of a deity, this book will cause you to find awesome joy, peace and freedom. Excellent read!
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Alexander Drake tells his hypothesis on how Christianity truly begin. In this publication Drake hypothesizes that Christianity evolved from Hellenistic Judaism which adopted the Greek concept of the afterlife. He also concludes that the gospels were a performance which grew out of the Dionysian mysteries. A must read for anyone who is interested in New Testament criticism.
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