The Jerome Conspiracyby Michael Wood
At the beginning of the faith, most Christians believed the afterlife fires were created to purge the unrepentant man of his sins so he could eventually enter the kingdom of God. This belief persisted as the mainstream view in Christianity until the fifth century. Then, in the fifth century, everything suddenly and dramatically changed. New Christians were exclusively being taught the doctrine of eternal damnation in hell. The Jerome Conspiracy reveals the surprising history on how the teaching of hell entered the Christian faith and Bible.
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I love this book. I just couldn't put it down.
When I finished I wasn't sure whether or not the conspiracy in the book actually happened. So I called a priest I know about the conspiracy revealed at the end, and I was stunned that he didn't have any comeback.
I was also stunned when I realized that none of the critics on the internet has a genuine comeback to the numerous facts presented in the book either. It seems the only negative reviews that can be found say things like, "Oh, there's too many things wrong. I don't have time to even name them all" or "It was poorly written" or "It's conclusions are wrong". Yet none of them mentions any specific examples of the supposed errors. The critics seem to do everything but respond to the wealth of research so thoroughly documented in the book. In fact, I couldn't find anyone who has refuted even one fact found in the book - not one.
And when I realized that none of the critics could actually respond to the documented facts presented in the book, then I knew they didn't have a genuine comeback, just like my priest didn't. And I'm not skeptical any more! What a surprising, once in a lifetime book.
I cannot recommend this book for the following reasons.
The fictional portion of this book dealing with the characters involved is very sophomoric and borders on the absurd. All of the characters are way over the top stereotyped to the point of being unbelievable. Reading this book reminds me of some high school paper. This writer obviously is not an experienced writer of fiction.
I think he would have been better served if he had written the book as a straight factual commentary and left out the fictional component to it. To me that detracts from what he is trying to get across to his readers. The author obviously comes from a very technical background and the fact that he has two patents dealing with technical computer programming does not qualify him as an expert in this area.
When it comes to pure writing talent, there is none here. That is why the author had to use his own money to self publish this book through Iuniverse. No regular book publisher would give this book any serious consideration, not because of the content, but because of the very poor writing in and of itself.
With regard to the factual claims of the author, I will leave it to the theologians to debate this out. Suffice it to say that even if you accept as true the "facts" the author presents, it still does not lead one to the conclusion that "all dogs go to heaven". Such a conclusion is a far leap from the facts presented.
You must take the Bible as a whole and not just pull ourt parts to justify your conclusions. Such a practice is called "text proofing" and is not a valid way of interpreting the Bible. The author conveniently disregards so many things, there isn't time to go into them all here. To provide just one to think about is the concept of satan. No scholar denies that satan is referred to and described in detail throughout the Bible. To what is satan's desire then, to just have us live godless lives here on earth and to watch us suffer a temporary punishment when we die? This would be akin to a nonbeliever getting a "time-out" from God until we become good boys and girls and are allowed to join Him.
In closing, don't waste your money on this book. I cannot recommend this book for two reasons. First, the writing is terrible. Second, the research and analysis are incomplete.
The author makes the huge leap that a fifth century theologian named Jerome intentionally removed and rewrote parts of the Bible to further his own evil desires of control and this conspiracy has been hidden until now. This author would have us believe that only he has just now ferreted out this vast conspiracy that has been hidden from us all these years. As John Stossel on 20/20 would say: "Give me a break".
In The Jerome Conspiracy parable an evangelical Christian couple loses their unsaved adult son to a car accident. Naturally, they are horrified by their certainty that their only child is destined to be eternally tortured in the fires of hell after Jesus returns to the earth. In a twist of fate, their conviction leads them to accidentally uncover many shocking historical facts about the Bible and the origin of orthodox Christianity. Then, all at once, the couple realizes that every historical surprise connects back to one man¿Jerome. What they discover next changes their lives forever. And chances are the surprising revelation will change your life too.