Michael Sherlock has hit another homerun. The second book in his I Am Christ series entitled The Resurrection is well written and thoroughly researched. It discredits the foundations of the Christian religion.
Christians assume their faith spread to become the world’s largest religion because it was true. Sherlock shows otherwise. Sherlock’s research indicates the real reasons for the spread of Christianity were the invention of a great product (eternal life) and the use of force.
In a similar way, Christians assume their gospels are history books. Sherlock makes a convincing case that in fact the gospel stories were taken from ancient pagan myths.
Most depressing for me was his discussion of Christian ethics. Jesus teaches “by their fruits, you will know them,” that we will recognize Christians by their actions. Sadly, more people have died in the name of Jesus than any other person in history. From Sherlock’s careful research, this is merely the tip of the iceberg.
This is a disturbing book for the two million Christians living today. Based on the fundamental problems Sherlock discloses, there is no way the Christian religion will survive as we have known it. My solution is to reinvent it. Sherlock’s solution is to reject it. From his perspective, belief systems like Christianity only close people’s minds and prevent them from growing up into authentic individuals. The two books he has written on this central theme cannot be dismissed lightly.
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