Reviews of Christianity Betrayed

(Reader Reviews of Christianity Betrayed / An Atheist for Jesus)

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Here are some of the reactions readers have had to Ken Schei's Christianity Betrayed/An Atheist for Jesus

"I received your book and manuscript, and devoured both in less than 24 hours. I've been eyeing your web site for quite some time, as part of my "struggle" with my calling. I have been going through a spiritual "tug-of-war"
between heart and mind, between what I want in my heart to believe is real and what I know in my mind makes sense. It took me a long time to get up the courage to order your book and manuscript. Having been baptised a Christian as a child, declaring myself an Atheist at age 12, then at age 32 having what I believed to be a profound "spiritual experience," I went
into ministerial studies, and eventually was ordained at age 39. Now, at age 42
I find myself seeking a meaningful way to put my knowledge, experiences and observations together, learning to balance heart and mind, truth and fact.

Thank you so much, Ken, for giving me a big piece of the puzzle!"

Kevin D.

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"I received Christianity Betrayed and An Atheist for Jesus yesterday and spent the entire day reading them. Both books are clear, logical and well-written. I think what you have to say is important and that your insights should be more widely available to the public. I am an associate professor in the Classics Department of the University of Oklahoma and teach most of the Greek courses there. I have been studying Greek for about 35 years now and have offered a course in New Testament Greek a couple of times.
Keep up the good work!"
Ralph Doty
Norman, OK

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"This information has been very helpful in a very personal way. I plan to continue to do more research to help resolve some inner conflicts created by the Christian theology. Your work has opened a new door and put to rest some uneasy feelings I have had about Paul. Again, thank you for providing this information."
Carol S.
(Former Sister of a Catholic Religious Order
[Dominican, 12 years; Fransican, 3 years])

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"I enjoyed your book. I was reading it while also reading “Liberating the Gospels” by John Shelby Spong. Your book complimented his, because he was writing about re-capturing the Jewish heritage of the early Christians.
Your thesis about Paul certainly fits the New Testament jigsaw puzzle better than other theses I've read."
Charles S. (No relation to above)

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" Just a brief note to express my enthusiastic reception of your Christianity Betrayed and An Atheist for Jesus. Superbly presented and edifying stuff! Your writing is lucid and engaging, your arguments well thought-out, and your background research thorough, insightful, and distinctly relevant. (indeed, both books read almost like gripping "historical detective stories,") I congratulate you on your fine scholarship and encourage you to submit this provocative thesis to any pertinent academic journals as well as to wider popular audiences. You have a message that every thinking Westerner who wishes to understand her own cultural inheritance, whether or not she is Christian, needs to hear and to consider seriously. While you have not, as you admit, conclusively established that "the Beast" of Revelation is none other than Paul, you have certainly made this hypothesis more credible. I was really blown away by the Petrine material (such as the Clementine Homilies) and its Ebionite associations that you presented, suggesting that there was a sort of "quiet overthrow" of the Ebionites by the Pauline mystics in the early days of the Church. This was completely unknown to me, And one simply can not come away from this work without seeing the sharp and evident contrasts between the original teachings of Jesus (as revealed by contemporary biblical scholarship) and Paul's rendering of those teachings. One is left with the distinct -- and deeply unsettling -- impression that Paul and his cohorts deliberately sacrificed Jesus the man to the idea of Christ. If your thesis is correct, you have exposed a scandal for which there is no historical comparison. Further, your depiction of the human Jesus and his original apostles was deeply moving and illuminating. In "the New Ebionite Gospel," I saw, not God or the Son of God, but rather a simple man who lived an exemplary life -- a life so rich in virtue, compassion, and the realization of human potentialities that a kind of freedom was attained that not even the cross could destroy. Perhaps "the abundant life" and "the Kingdom of God" of which Jesus purportedly spoke was precisely this moral excellence, equanimity, and unwavering life-focus achievable in mortal flesh. As such, his words and actions continue to have relevance and power for those of us who are atheists and who struggle to realize meaning, value, and integrity in an indifferent universe. When read as a guide for living well rather than a divine revelation or theological treatise, the Good News of Jesus can still evoke from us a resounding and joyful "Amen."
Brendan E.

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" I was very impressed by your thoughts on Christianity. Your discovery of Ebonites and the reality of today's Pauline Christianity made me so excited that I could not continue reading without sending you this letter."
Edip Y.

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" Interesting site! I meet a lot of people who confuse my atheism with anti-religion or even anti-Godness. And I also meet a lot of cynical people who are dissolutioned with their faith, but who cling to it, unhappily. I think we should not throw the philosophical baby out with the religious bath-water."
Jeffrey K.

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" I just wanted to say that I really like your website, and am impressed with your organization. I learned quite a bit about Paul."
Donovan M.

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" I loved the book! "
Damon B.

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" Once again, let me tell you how much I like your web site. There needs to be balance in the world and you are helping with that."
Reverend Michael S.

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" I just finished the book and manuscript. Man! Though I completely disagree with you I found them both to be entertaining and well written. They were entertaining enough that I was up until after midnight Sunday reading. In fact I finished the book early Monday morning."
Rydel V.

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" Your "An Atheist for Jesus" is very well done. It furthers your thoughts in "Christianity Betrayed". Your analysis is crisp, clean and has the ring of truth. Your ideas have made me think and to and to try to clarify ideas and thoughts I have. I can think of no greater praise."
Michael C.

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" Loved the book! It sure makes a lot of sense!"
Katrina W.
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