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Putting Away Childish Things: The Virgin Birth, the Empty Tomb, and Other Fairy Tales You Don't Need to Believe to Have a Living F

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This work challenges the basic assumptions of conventional Christianity and opens up a new vision of Christian faith, grounded in critical thinking, historical realism and allegiance to Jesus's message of freedom and hope.
Paperback, 306 pages
Published December 31st 1994 by HarperOne (first published 1994)
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Steve Dustcircle
Dec 03, 2016 Steve Dustcircle rated it really liked it
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While it comes from a Germanic, Catholic point of view, the research and scholarship is pretty dead on. I'm well-versed in most of the topics covered, and only came across a couple of explicit errors, easily fixable with a general Wikipedia check. This aside, most of the book should be scary to the novel Christian/Catholic who takes for granted simple theology, as this book takes each subject and tears it apart, using both historical and scientific findings, or by mere common sense deducing. I'd ...more
Emma
Nov 10, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely important book. Everyone, especially those who grew up in a religious house, should read this. Gave me a completely different perspective on the formation of Christianity.
Ellen Snyder
Apr 16, 2012 Ellen Snyder rated it really liked it
Origins of many Christian beliefs and where they came from. The author claims they are not essential to the real meaning of Jesus message.
Steve
May 27, 2009 Steve rated it liked it
Interesting enough but better yet is James Tabor's, The Jesus Dynasty.
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A must-read.
Trey Mustian
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If your faith in Jesus Christ depends upon the Bible being inerrant and literally true in every respect, this book will either completely anger you or shake you to your core. I have not believed the Bible to be inerrant or completely accurate for a long time. I have read too much about how it came to be compiled to believe that.Yet I believe very strongly in God and remain a very imperfect follower of Jesus. This book examines in exquisite detail the inaccuracies , inconsistencies and ...more
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Apr 10, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Witty and very informative. With the last two pages removed, this book would be a straight up atheist debunking of Christianity.
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Uta Ranke-Heinemann is a German formerly christian theologian, academic and author. She holds the (nondenominational) chair of History of Religion at University of Essen in Essen, her birthplace. She is also the daughter of the former president of Germany, Gustav Heinemann.
Having started as a Catholic theologian, she became the first female professor of Catholic theology in 1970. In 1987 she lost
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