The below titles are by several scholarly historians, university professors, investigative journalists, and career-academia researchers filling my current library of resources corroborating Christianity’s veiled, convoluted, and heavily distorted beginnings and infancy. More are certainly to come. At the moment, these following works adequately verify and justify in major part why Christianity is for a fact, bogus and the politically-minded wild imaginations of 2nd thru 5th-century CE Hellenistic (anti-Semitic?) founders (Church Fathers) and canonizers of what has wrongly been believed for near two millenia as the “infallible New Testament.” Such sanctimony could not be more misplaced by millions of gullible followers who for various fear-based reasons simply do not ask the correct questions, but too often no questions at all. Read on…
Scholars utilized from non-Christian sectors of academia…
Dr. Ron Moseley Ph.D – American Institute for Advanced Biblical Studies, Little Rock, AR.
Dr. Moseley has studied the Jewish roots of the Christian faith at Princeton, the University of Texas, and Oxford University in Oxford, England. He has a Master of Divinity, a Master of Jewish Studies, a Ph.D. in Second Temple History, a D.Phil. in religion and sociology, and a D.Litt.
Dr. Robert Eisenman Ph.D – Cornell, NYU, and Columbia Universities.
Dr. Eisenman is Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and Islamic Law and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Judeo-Christian Origins at California State University Long Beach and Visiting Senior Member of Linacre College, Oxford. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University in Philosophy and Engineering Physics (1958), an M.A. from New York University in Near Eastern Studies (1966), and a Ph.D from Columbia University in Middle East Languages and Cultures and Islamic Law (1971). Also a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies and an American Endowment for the Humanities Fellow-in-Residence at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.
Dr. Nehemiah Gordon Ph.D – Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Dr. Gordon is the creator/host of the “Hebrew Voices” podcast, has written two popular books on the Hebrew origins of Christianity, and is vigorously active in interfaith dialogue. He has also worked as a translator on the Dead Sea Scrolls and a researcher deciphering ancient Hebrew manuscripts.
Dr. Lawrence Schiffman Ph.D – Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.
Dr. Schiffman is the Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and Director of the Global Institute for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He is a specialist in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism in Late Antiquity, the history of Jewish law, and Talmudic literature. Dr. Schiffman was also featured in the acclaimed PBS Nova series documentary, “Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” four (4) BBC documentaries on the scrolls.
Dr. Lena Einhorn Ph.D – Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Dr. Einhorn received her PhD in Virology and Tumor Biology. Later in her career in 2005, Lena returned to more scholarly work when in the process of writing the book “What Happened on the Road to Damascus?” (2006), she came upon some hitherto undocumented parallels between the New Testament and other first century historical sources, a finding that took her back to Academia, and a new hypothesis on the Historical Jesus (Biblical studies). In March 2016, her second book on the historical Jesus, A Shift in Time, was published in the US. It looks in more detail on the parallels between the New Testament texts and first century historical narratives, primarily Josephus.
Dr. Mattias Henz Ph.D – Rice University, Houston, Texas.
Dr. Henze was born and raised in Hanover, Germany. In 1992 he earned a Master of Divinity from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. in Harvard’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. After completing his doctorate in 1997, Dr. Henze joined Rice University’s department of religion, where he is now the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism. His areas of speciality include the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Jewish literature and thought at the time of the Second Temple, apocalyptic literature, and the Qumran fragments. In particular, Dr. Henze focuses on those early texts that never became part of the Jewish Bible – often subsumed under the labels ‘Apocrypha’ and ‘Pseudepigrapha’ – and what we can learn when these texts are read side by side with the canonical writings.
Catherine Nixey, Journalist – Cambridge University, UK.
Catherine Nixey is a journalist and a Classicist. She studied classics at Cambridge University teaching Classics for several years before becoming a journalist at the Times (UK), where she still works and resides in London. “The Darkening Age,” winner of a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award, though controversial throughout Antiquities academia, it offers great insight and plausibility into how early Christians deliberately destroyed classical Greek and Roman cultures causing the Dark Ages.
Dr. David Madison Ph.D – Boston University, Massachusetts
Dr. Madison received his doctorate in Biblical Studies from Boston University. He is a former Methodist minister of 10-years. He continued to study theology and the Bible. While doing so he began writing his book “Ten Tough Problems in Christian Thought & Belief,” and makes the case that Christianity, beyond reasonable doubt, has been falsified, as the atheist publishing boom of the last 15-years has demonstrated. He now contributes to and is a member of The Clergy Project, the online support group for ministers who have become atheists. Madison states “Every member has a deconversion story to tell, and my book offers my perspective on why Christianity will share the same fate as hundreds of other religions that humans have outgrown. Think Isis and Osiris!“
Various scholars – Early Christianity & Its Literature.
“Early Christianity and Its Literature“ (ECL) series publishes monographs, revised dissertations, and collections of essays on the history, culture, and literature of the New Testament and early Christianity (normally within the pre-Constantinian period). Works submitted are subject to rigorous (double) review. The aim of the series is to publish innovative work representing the range of methods and perspectives in contemporary New Testament and early Christian studies.
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Why Address This? Why seemingly waste so much time and effort trying to cognitively, emotionally, and soulfully(?) reach Christian-Faithers about how badly they’ve been duped?
Following is a prime reason to avoid or address—should you see fit—widespread Christian Apologetic Lethargy, both on the pulpit and in the pews as well as at “bubble-fied” seminaries. From an international ministry’s website:
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Less is More —
While as a Christian thinker and writer I have many ideas about hundreds of biblical themes, teachings, and implications, a lengthy statement of faith quickly becomes a quagmire of explanations. The theological position is evangelical. That is, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Bible is the Word of God, and all men and women must be willing to become children of God. To put it succinctly, as succinctly as did the apostle Paul, this ministry acknowledges one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God (Ephesians 4).—Douglas Jacoby, from his About Us page.
That is seven (7) “ones” Mr. Jacoby demands! Holy Moly Ba-jebus H. Christmas! There is no way on Earth, in a
hopefully an enlightened human epoch that “one” everything will ever unanimously exist! I hope it never does. Diversity is one key genetic block/code that protects humanity from extinction. It can’t happen on the intellectual, emotional, or metaphysical level either! It shouldn’t and just won’t, not in several millenia if we recognize what’s best for our survival. Furthermore, it isn’t human nature, let alone reasonable, to presume it could ever happen; not with 7.9–8.2 billion different humans! How utterly ridiculous to arrogantly hope, much less pursue evangelically such an Authoritarian Earth. Wow, the audacity many Christians exhibit. It is nothing less than repulsive in my opinion.
That is why we must address this and combat any singular authoritarian world order, Christian or not. It must be done. Help me and thousands of other Free-thinking Humanists, Secularists, and/or Atheists do this, please. Thank you.