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Overview

Once in a long while a book comes along that challenges tradition and shakes our belief in the very institutions we trust most.

The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You To Read presents a rare and honest look at one of the most controversial issues of all time: religion. Packed with essays from world-renowned theologians, historians, and researchers, this ground-breaking anthology exposes misrepresentations, challenges age-old beliefs, and seeks to reveal the whole truth to anyone who has ever been told what to believe. It discloses the shocking origins and frail histories of the world's major religions and answers questions you never even knew you had. But more than anything, The Book urges and inspires readers to think for themselves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939040155
  • Publisher: Truth Seeker
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface   Tim C. Leedom     15
Introduction   Bill Jenkins     19
Origins of Religion
Religion, Where it Began   William Edelen     25
Mithraism     27
Religious Illiteracy   William Edelen     28
Across a Void of Mystery and Dread   Carl Herman Voss     30
Zoroastrianism: Blueprint for Christianity and Judaism     38
Horus: The Way, the Truth, the Life   Albert Churchward     42
Astro-Theology   Jordan Maxwell     47
Reason and Religion   Thomas Jefferson     55
Creation Stories   T.W. Doane     57
Goddess Worship   Judy Chicago     64
Worldwide Religions
Islam   Rich Stanit     75
Dome of the Rock     92
A Seed in the Mind   Ernest Renan     94
Jewish Humanism   Sherwin T. Wine     96
What is Zionism?     97
History of Palestine From 70 A.D.     99
Jews Against Zionism     102
Genocidal Depopulation: The Deir Yassin Massacre   Israel Shamir     106
Hinduism     111
The Bible
BibleIlliteracy     117
The Age of Reason   Thomas Paine     119
A Brief History of the English Bible   Rocco A. Errico     125
Nonexistent Prophecies: A Problem for Bible Inerrancy   Farrell Till     132
Noah's Flood as Composite Literature   Howard M. Teeple     135
Bible Morality   John E. Remsburg     141
Inerrancy     146
A Few Contradictions in the Old Testament     148
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gnostic Gospels
Astrology in the Dead Sea Scrolls   Alan Albert Snow     153
Horoscopes   G. Vermes     157
The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christianity   Dr. Barbara Thiering     158
An Introduction to Gnosticism and The Nag Hammadi Library   Lance S. Owens, MD     162
A Brief Summary of Gnosticism   Stephan A. Hoeller     165
Jesus
The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors   Kersey Graves     175
Jesus: The Aramaic-Speaking Shemite   Rocco A. Errico     182
The Last Supper   Rocco A. Errico     193
The Jesus Movements   Scott Bidstrup     195
The Evemerists   Acharya S     203
Messiahs      204
The Christ   John E. Remsburg     205
Mary/Mary Magdalene     210
The Line of David     213
Christmas Surprise     215
Probing the Mystery of Jesus' Second Coming   Shmuel Golding     219
The Cross     224
Doctrine
The Trinity   Robert Green Ingersoll     229
Paul: First Christian Heretic   Shmuel Golding     231
Hell     233
Original Sin   Austin Miles     237
The Resurrection: What Is the Evidence?   Tovia Singer     243
No Stone Unturned   Dan Barker     246
What's in a Name?     250
The High Priest   John Allegro     252
Baptism     257
What is the Last of the Ten Commandments?   Dan Barker     258
Rehabilitating Judas Iscariot   Dr. Robert H. Eisenman     259
The Catholic Church
Catholicism: The Stamp for All Christianity     267
Christian History 101   William Edelen     268
Constantine   Kenneth Humphreys     269
The Council of Nicea   Acharya S     276
The Crusades    Helen Ellerbe     277
Inquisition, Persecution     279
The Cathars   Helen Ellerbe     282
Europe Decays and the Popes Thrive   Joseph McCabe     283
Missionaries   David E. Stannard     291
Father Serra and the Skeletons of Genocide   Jose Ignacio Rivera     295
The Vatican Bank Scandal   Conrad Goeringer     299
Pope John Paul II: A Moral, Abject Failure When It Mattered   Gustavo Arellano     301
Opus Dei   Franz Schaefer     305
The Sub-Culture of Fatima   Karyn Easton     308
Female Victims of Clergy Abuse   Barbara Blaine     309
Sexual Abuse by Clerics: Historical Awareness of the Problem   Thomas Doyle     311
Old Myths, New Myths   Barbara Blaine     315
Is Any Neighborhood Safe?     319
Functional Atheist' Directs Theology at Catholic Boston College?   Eric Langborgh     320
Fundamentalism
The Christian Right and the Rise of American Fascism   Chris Hedges     325
The Good Book Taught Wrong$dfrom People for the American Way     336
Founding Presidents Not Christian   William Edelen      338
Religious Coercion and Liberty$dfrom People for the American Way     340
Televangelists     343
Environmental Armageddon$dexcerpt from Bill Mayer's acceptance speech     354
The Ends     358
Killer Jesus   Chad Cooper     362
The Jesus Landing Pad   Rick Perlstein     364
Archaeology and Science
Some Specific Reasons Why Many Scientists Disbelieve In Creation Science and a Literal Interpretation of Genesis   Bruce A. Robinson     376
The Seed of Ysiraal   Gerald Massey     380
Locating Jesus in Time, Space and Archaeology   Gerald A. Larue     384
Bone-Box No Proof of Jesus   Acharya S     393
Relics     397
Catholic Church Perpetuating Another Religious Hoax?$dfrom American Atheists     398
New Takes, New Consequences
Witches: Exodus 22, 17 or 18     407
Hermes vs. Puritans   Stephan A. Hoeller     409
To Those Who Are Investigating "Mormonism"   Richard Packham     418
Polygamy in the U.S.   Corrina Murdy     428
Nation of Islam   Rich Stanit     434
Wallace Fard Muhammad     436
A Brief History of the Church of Scientology    Andreas Heldal-Lund     437
Xenu   Jon Atack     442
Dangerous Leaders     444
Revelations
What is it to be the New Mythology?   Joseph Campbell     449
Humanism, the Hope for Mankind   Kelsey M. Leedom     451
Wisdom from Ingersoll Quotes$dfrom Robert Ingersoll     454
Chief Seattle Speaks   Chief Seattle     455
A Call for a New Reformation   John S. Spong     458
Satyagraha, The Martyrs of Peace   Tim C. Leedom     463
What We Must Do   Bertrand Russell     466
Our Challenge     467
Acknowledgments     470
Appendix     483
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2005

    Outstanding

    I thought the book was outstanding. To get at the origins of Christianty, you have to go outside of it. The church will not divulge this information. As for the negative reviews, I think Isaac Asimov's quote on p. 11 covers it: 'The Bible must be seen in a cultural context. It didn't just happen. These stories are retreads from stories before. But, tell a Christian that -- No, No! What makes it doubly sad is they hardly know the book, much less its origins'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2006

    Amazing and Worth the Read.. Several Times

    I loved every piece of this book. I highlighted, put sticky notes on everything that made an impression on me, then realized it was the whole book! It's refreshing to think that I am not the only one who feels that the christian dominated history needs a re-write. I read the bible, and other religious material and have chosen to teach my children from truth and not conjecture. I congratulate the author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    if Jerry Springer wrote a book on religion...

    If you want to have your intelligence insulted with conspiracy theories, glaring historical inaccuracies, constant assigning of motives, and just plain tall tales -- this is the book for you! On the other hand, if you want to read about the alternatives to the Christian Right you can start with the Gospels themselves and then read any of the many non-fundamentalist theologians. The self-aggrandizing title of this book reeks of sensationalism and is only the first hint of what is inside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    you poor people

    everyone needs to realize that jesus christ is the messiah and was god in the flesh and everyone needs to accept that before its too late .;.... I believe in jesus christ and i will forever nothing could take that away from me!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    a ray of light finally in the darkness of religion

    THE BOOK should be in all the hotel rooms not the bible...set your mind free...too bad the pope and all the tv preachers don't have the courage and intelligence to bring their flocks to the truth..of course there's no money in evidence,fact and the truth!

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