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CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUIST: How St. Paul Engineered the Hoax that Shaped Our World
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Saturday, June 02, 2007

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I'm currently reading a manuscript by an aspiring author, Eric Zuesse, entitled "CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUIST: How St. Paul Engineered the Hoax that Shaped Our World." He is hoping to get the book published, and has asked for a little help from the frequenters of ExChristian.net. But first, what is his book all about? He describes his book as the first-ever legal/forensic analysis of the evidence regarding how Christianity started. He says: "Legal/forensic," simply put, is the methodology which is employed in courts of law in a democracy. A court presents to the jury not the largest quantity of evidence regarding a particular matter (as scholars are accustomed to doing via huge bibliographies and numerous footnotes), but instead the highest quality of evidence regarding any specific question. For example, DNA evidence trumps witness testimony, and that's why many people have been released from death rows after the advent of DNA testing. Similarly, the exclusionary rule is employed so as to winnow out evidentiary gold from evidentiary chaff so as to avoid contaminating jurors' judgment by less reliable "evidence" which prejudices rather than informs. The difference between legal/forensic methods and other methods is the difference between history and myth. When innocent convicts are released from prisons after DNA analysis, the accounts of the crimes for which they had been convicted are publicly revealed to have been myth and not history. In cases where DNA evidence identified the true perpetrator of the crime, the myth became replaced by a new account of the crime — an account which offered, for the first time, a history and not a myth about that crime. A legal/forensic exegesis of Paul's letter to the Galatians, and an associated legal/forensic analysis of the four canonical Gospels, finds that Christianity started in or around the year 49 CE in Antioch (present-day Antakya, Turkey) as a direct consequence of a personal conflict which had arisen, over the course of 17 years, between Paul and the leader of the Jewish sect which Jesus had begun. The sect's leader was not Peter, as the modern-day Christian myth asserts, but was instead Jesus' brother James.

Peter was and remained a follower of James, and he died (as did the rest of the sect) as a member of the Jewish sect, not as a Christian — not as a member of the group which Paul started. Jesus' sect itself soon expired. What is today known as Christianity started with Paul, and was then developed by his followers, who wrote the canonical Gospels and the rest of the New Testament. The religion of the New Testament has nothing to do with the person of the historical Jesus: The NT was written and assembled to fulfill Paul's Roman agenda, not Jesus' Jewish one. Paul turned Jesus' corpse into his dummy, and thus became the voice of "Christ."

Anyway, to me the topic is intriguing. And Zuesse's presentation of the subject, although repetitious at times, is effective, shows considerable research, and avoids wild speculation. I would like to help him make his book available to the general public, and the way we can help is by voting yes through the following link. The votes go to Media Predict, a website that tallies votes for possible publication by various publishers including Simon & Schuster. Each IP address can only vote once, so he needs many different people voting. It does nothing to click the link over and over. If you choose to vote, just vote once.

CLICK HERE NOW TO VOTE. Click the "up" arrow/triangle for yes.