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The Making of the Messiah: Christianity and Resentment

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"This book presents a picture of the origins of Christianity very different from anything that has been published before," writes Robert Sheaffer in the Introduction to The Making of the Messiah. "Many Christians will find this book as offensive as Moslem fanatics did Salman Rushdie's 'blasphemous' Satanic Verses." Sheaffer has provided fascinating reading for all those not afraid to question the jargon and inconsistencies that lie behind the "accepted truths" of Christianity.

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Overview

"This book presents a picture of the origins of Christianity very different from anything that has been published before," writes Robert Sheaffer in the Introduction to The Making of the Messiah. "Many Christians will find this book as offensive as Moslem fanatics did Salman Rushdie's 'blasphemous' Satanic Verses." Sheaffer has provided fascinating reading for all those not afraid to question the jargon and inconsistencies that lie behind the "accepted truths" of Christianity.

In his attempt to dispel the myths surrounding the life of Jesus, Sheaffer presents Christianity with one of its greatest challenges. His approach differs from the conventional works of freethinkers by suggesting a radically different picture of Christianity's rise from (to borrow Friedrich Nietzsche's phrase) the "spirit of resentment." Sheaffer tells why Christianity could develop only as it did, as it emerged from the envious anger of the lower classes against the power and wealth of Rome. He shows how early Christian writers altered historical facts to make the new religion "sell" to potential converts. What emerges is a scheme of deliberate distortion and deceit that could grace a mystery novel, leaving in its wake a trail of highly suspicious and incriminating evidence.

The Making of the Messiah presents a compelling argument that Jesus was never "crucified by the Romans" but slain and hanged from a tree, under Jewish law, as a heretic and blasphemer. It shows that behind the Virgin birth story lurks a darker tale of Mary the adulteress whose "divine child" was rejected by her husband, Joseph, as a bastard. And finally, it traces the accounts of Jesus' Resurrection to reveal that the earliest gospel (that of Mark) contains no actual sightings of a risen Jesus. With time, however, Christianity's claims of a Resurrection gradually evolved, progressing from "vision" to "established fact" - the result of purposeful embellishment and mythologizing.

Working from the same ancient sources that biblical scholars use - some of the sources having only recently come to light - Sheaffer pieces the evidence together in a new way. The picture that emerges will generate much controversy. This unconventional perspective on some of the basic tenets of Christianity radically impacts biblical criticism in a manner that humanists and freethinkers will wholeheartedly applaud.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780879756918
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 Immaculate Fornication? 15
2 The Birth of Christianity from the Spirit of Resentment 35
3 The Making of the Messiah, Part One: The Cruci-fiction 57
4 The Making of the Messiah, Part Two: The "Virgin Birth" 91
5 The Making of the Messiah, Part Three: The Post-Resurrection Appearances 127
6 The First God to Claim a Monopoly 147
7 In Hoc Signo Decadence Conquers: Esthetic Objections to Christianity 159
8 The Blessed of Christ 169
Index 187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2004

    False Prophet

    This book should be required reading for all Christians. Wake up! You are following a false prophet.

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