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Bill Zuersher

Seeing through Christianity: A Critique of Beliefs and Evidence The only book you’ll ever need to read about Christianity. Christianity teaches that a personal god created a good world, but the disobedience of the first humans brought about suffering and death. To repair this damage, the god took on human form, lived and died, and then rose again. Those who have faith in his efforts will enjoy an eternity of bliss; those who do not will suffer an eternity of torture. Where did these beliefs come from? Are there any good reasons to accept them? This remarkable book provides a concise critique of Christian beliefs and the evidence for them. In the process, the author takes us on a fascinating tour of the religion’s roots, philosophically and historically. We encounter each component belief in a logical order, beginning with the universal religious problems, suffering and death, and culminating in the cosmic drama by which Christianity claims to resolve them. The author makes a strong case that the beliefs of Christianity are incoherent and that the evidence for them is unreliable. Specifically, he argues that Christian dependence upon faith results in beliefs that are arbitrary; that aspects of the religion have already been disconfirmed (that is, proven false); that the belief system was cobbled together by fallible human beings who were influenced by identifiable historical forces; that doctrines such as the trinity are simply illogicalities venerated as mysteries; and that at its core, atonement through the ritual slaughter of Jesus is barbaric and immoral. Part one, Beliefs, includes the following chapters: The Fall Original Sin The Satan Atonement Afterlife Revelation Faith Judgment Hell Trinity & Mystery The Incarnation Holy Spirit Morality Purpose The Church Prayer Miracles Prophecies Second Coming Part two, Evidence, includes the following chapters: Paul Oral Tradition Canon Gospel Composition Gospel Preservation Misrepresentation Contradiction Corroboration Resurrection Legend Growth In these pages we see the coalescence of Jewish and Zoroastrian religious ideas with those of Greek philosophy and mystery cults to form the belief system we recognize as Christianity today. The result, Mr. Zuersher argues, is not revealed truth, but rather a human patchwork which contains unwarranted assumptions and logical flaws, all founded upon questionable evidence. Entertaining throughout, it is must-reading for skeptics, apologists, and anyone interested the world’s largest religion or the culture wars behind today’s politics — an invaluable resource for students and teachers, writers and debaters.

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