A fantastic book that is perhaps the best exposé ever written on the world’s largest and most popular religion (approximately 2.5 billion adherents) from an ‘insider’ who participated in Christianity for many years. You can search far and wide and you will not find a better book on what Christianity is, why it is a successful failure, and why it’s being a successful failure should be of urgent interest to you and those you care about.
In Christianity: A Successful Failure, author Tim Spiess holistically yet simply, using non-complex language, puts forth the best worldview possible for humanity. He starts with common existential issues that we all face and provides insightful and satisfying answers to life’s most important questions.
Spiess avoids petty doctrinal discussions and uses many creative and insightful analogies and metaphors to reveal why Christianity is a successful failure. Reason, logic, and observation are used well to demonstrate that many of the foundational beliefs and practices of Christianity, not only have nothing to do with the real, historical Jesus of Nazareth but actually nullify and cancel out his most important teachings.
This book rises above religious concepts and movements like the Reformation and seeks to bring a paradigm change in people’s view of God and this life we are given. In the last section entitled, “The Solution”, what we all desperately need to solve conflict, loneliness, and emptiness in our lives is revealed. This book will change your life IF you are truly open minded!
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Table of Contents
Introduction: A Successful Failure?
Section 1: My Existence, The State of Things and Fundamental Problems
Chapter 1: A Reasonable Basis for Religious and Spiritual Beliefs
Chapter 2: The State of Humankind
Chapter 3: Understanding Human Nature
Chapter 4: The Root Problems and Four Different Types of People
Chapter 5: An Allusion to the Solution
Section 2: Reason Identifies Truth and Leads to the Solution
Chapter 6: Reason, Logic, and Truth
Chapter 7: Common Logical Fallacies
Chapter 8: Finding Truth
Chapter 9: First Causes
Section 3: False Beliefs, Inadequate Views, and Means to Deceive
Chapter 10: The Great Blindness: Truth Relativism
Chapter 11: “Don’t be Judgmental” As I Judge You!
Chapter 12: I Will Be Tolerant of Birds that I Flock With, But NOT of YOU!
Chapter 13: “We Must Respect Other People's Beliefs” (at least those we agree with!)
Chapter 14: Truth Relativism is False and Destructive
Chapter 15: Redefining Language
Chapter 16: Hiding in Complexity
Chapter 17: Positive Thinking, Negative Outcomes
Chapter 18: Other World Religions
Section 4: Christianity: A Successful Failure
Chapter 19: Differences Between Belief, Religion, Faith, and God
Chapter 20: The Threat of Hell and Other Fear Tactics
Chapter 21: Primary Falsehoods of Christianity
Chapter 22: If You Can’t Destroy It, Hide It
Chapter 23: The Prop of the Darkness
Chapter 24: Some Questions for Biblians and Christians
Chapter 25: Which “Gospel”?
Chapter 26: What Is So Bad About “Going To Church”?
Chapter 27: How Do We Fix Sin?
Chapter 28: Religious Leaders Use Complexity
Chapter 29: Religious Relativism or “Jesus didn’t really mean that…”
Chapter 30: Why Is It So Difficult to Find God and His Will?
Chapter 31: Looking to People and Personal Experience Instead of to God
Chapter 32: The Holy Spirit or a Silly spirit?
Chapter 33: God and His Will Found - How to Live our Lives
Chapter 34: The Comforting Christian Delusions
Section 5: The Solution: Finding Faith In An Age of Fear and Falsehood
Chapter 35: The Easy Life Versus “Difficult is the Way that Leads to Life”
Chapter 36: How Important is Freedom?
Chapter 37: We Need Leadership
Chapter 38: Change and Hard Work
Chapter 39: “I Have Chosen You Out of the World”
Chapter 40: “I Don’t Live for Money…” Really?
Chapter 41: “I Love Ice Cream, I Love You”?
Chapter 42: How to Accomplish Unity
Chapter 43: Some Final Thoughts
Chapter 44: Our Chosen Destiny
Section 6: Objections to the Solution
Chapter 45: Objections Addressed
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Christianity is a religious book explaining this faith and what it is. The content is divided into three chapters discussing all the false beliefs and everything we have been deceived on. The inadequate views, and how humankind has been blind so far is easily explained and notified. I particularly enjoyed the section where the author discusses positive thinking and adverse outcomes. It truly made me connect with the substance of its core values. The book does discuss other religions and also fundamental problems which I felt was necessary in order to complete the book as an all-around satisfying read. I took this from the author and thought it is the best way to describe who would benefit from this book. I would recommend this book to those disenfranchised with mainstream or orthodox religious institutions; those who are not dogmatic non-theists or agnostics; those who are searching for a purpose in their life greater than living for money or material security or pleasing one’s self with entertainment, etc.; those who sense the wrongs of Christianity or their church experience, but don’t have clarity on what they are or why; those who are confused or afraid of the changing moral landscape of the western nations, particularly U.S. citizens; people who want to know God. I found the literature easy to understand and organized to read. The length of the chapters was not too long or too short. The content kept me intrigued, and I enjoyed the logical fallacies mentioned in the religion. The author has clearly spent his years studying this religion and is knowledgeable enough to have written such a book. I look forward to reading more from him.