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Posted October 18, 2001
As a both a member of the clergy and a student of early Christianity for over 30 years, I say it is about time someone had the strength to present the truth regarding the early church in China. Martin Palmer does just that. People must not mistake Palmer's book as reprentative of Nestorian Christianity, as one reviewer did. Rather, Martin Palmer is showing how Nestorian Christianity adapted in China, as did Manichaeanism. I have read many scholarly works on the church in China and all were too afraid to be truthful regarding the content of the Nestorian Stone and other documents. This is consistant with Christian Scholarship and its fear of truth. However, I would not blame Christians alone, for I have spoke with Buddhists who also were upset with the contents of the Nestorian Stone. The Jesus Sutras show an evolving Christianity that continued to better explain the mysteries that Jesus originally taught. The only problem I saw was that Martin states in his book that the Taoist Christian Church was the first vegetarian church, however, this is wrong... for the first vegetarian church was that of the Ebionites which, in my opinion, was founded by Jesus, only to be corrupted later by Paul. For more info on this, I suggest people read 'The Lost Religion of Jesus' by my good friend Keith Akers. Rev. M. ShawWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.