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About the Author

Louis Charles is a web publisher and writer who focuses his work toward understanding spiritual truth. A husband and father of three children, Louis at one time served as an elder, Bible teacher, deacon, and occasional preacher within a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation. For over thirty years, he has been searching for the truth concerning who we are and our place within the grand scheme of things. One might say he loves attempting to figure out the big puzzle we call life.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442157240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442157248
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,335,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian Smith VINE VOICE on October 19, 2010
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Someone on a Yahoo group I'm on told me about the book "Jesus Religion" by Louis Charles. I checked out the author (listened to a pretty long radio interview with him and befriended him on Facebook) and decided the book was worthy of a read. I just finished reading it and I think it is a very good book.

The book examines the illogical and inconsistent teachings of what has become traditional Christianity. Louis Charles takes us through a brief history of how we got the Bible we have, how the hell doctrine arose, how Jesus was deified by the early church fathers, etc. For someone like myself who has been on a truth quest about these things for close to a decade now there's not much shocking here. I found the book to be similar to several written by former fundamentalist Christians who have realized that just doesn't make sense to them anymore. That doesn't mean the book isn't original or worthwhile. We each have our own story to tell and, of all the authors I've read, Louis may be the one whose story is closest to my own. Not only does the religion most of us have been taught not make sense. But, it's actually debilitating, fearful, life-sucking religion.

I agree with Louis on most of his points. The Bible isn't what most Christians think it is. The doctrine of Hell is a man-made invention (politically motivated) to keep the masses in line. The man people worship as G-d in the flesh wasn't named Jesus Christ. His name was more like Yeshua. And, I think He'd be shocked and disappointed to see what is being done in His name today. But, the tone of the book, to me, was just a little over-the-top in condemning Christianity and church.
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I LOVED this book! The author went into great detail as to 'how and where' all of the traditions of Christianity began, and why they have lead thousands upon thousands down the 'broad' path of 'religion'....a very destructive path.... rather than encouraging them to seek to know God for themselves, as well as who we ALL are in Him. This book is a great read...laid out very simply and easy to grasp. If I was a writer, and I am not...I would have written it myself! I don't think that you will be disappointed by it. WARNING: There are some "sacred cows" that get slaughtered here...so be prepared!
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Bought and just finished reading the kindle version. Very well put. I had a subjective suspicion even as a pentacostal pastor/preacher that we just were not 'getting' something. We cried be free in Jesus to others while feeling bound within ourselves. Lips cried 'truth' but our heart felt the lie. Thanks.
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I found this book on the web and after reading I can certainly relate to much of what the author has to say. I had lived in fear from childhood. I remember as a small boy listening to a preacher saying that "some of you think you are Christians....but if you died tonight you will go to hell." Most of my Christian experience has been lived in fear. I have an MA in Theology and many Christian theologies just didn't make sense to me. So I studied! The sense of freedom that comes from knowing that the Spirit is already within you is rewarding at best. Religion is misguided and and if you can, a rethinking of its foundations need to be re-examined.
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over the past few years I have read a lot of Louis Charles writtings on the subject of religion and I am very happy i found his website.after reading his latest work,"Jesus Religion" the book,I have a whole new perspective on religion,i feel I have been "liberated" spiritually.I really love this book.I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the truth of religion and who Jesus really is,of course every reader will have to decide for themselves how they feel about the book,but for me,it's an excellent read.
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One of the greatest books ever written without question. Mr Charles removes the yokes that are still trying to be placed upon our shoulders by many religious businesses. He put into words -very eloquently and easily understood -what I have been told in my heart by God over the past 10 years during my research of God and the Bible. God Bless You Mr Charles...for having the courage to take on the religious businesses in our world in such a loving and wonderful way-without (I might add) diminishing God, Jesus' message or the truths of the Bible in the process.
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Thank goodness for some clarity! Xtians have been GALVANIZING people into their faith for years! Keeping people desperately afraid and keeping themselves in control is the ultimate goal of the Xtians. I'd rather believe in something because I feel in my heart and soul that it is MY life's path, , , rather than practice that religion because I'm too afraid to do anything else. THANK YOU for opening up some peoples' eyes Louis Charles!!! I too shared your childhood plight with a very overzealous Xtian woman, and it was a horrible experience; I knew as I got older that there HAS TO BE something MORE to spirituality than this FEAR-based religion of Xtianity!!! Keep spreading the TRUTH L. Charles!!! Amazon people: READ this book if you want truth and knowledge...
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