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Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
“[Griffith] is a thorough independent scholar, and his concise writing makes historical facts engaging and relevant. His most important take-home message: it is not verboten for people of faith to ask why beliefs and practices developed in a specific way. In fact, it could even be considered an obligation for healthy, committed believers to do so.” — Publishers Weekly

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Exterminating Angel Press (first published 2009)
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Angie
Feb 11, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
You should really read this book.

That said, it's a pretty decent overview of how groups and individuals have manipulated the words of Jesus, and gone directly against his actions, for their own ends. It's an explicit demonstration of how religion is manipulated in the service of politics. However, I wouldn't say this is an end-destination book. Again, it's an overview, and while I found it for the most part relatively neutral, there are situations and historical settings which require more expla
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Lee Harmon
Apr 01, 2015 Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing
Jesus blew it. He expected too much. A number of his teachings were simply unworkable, and the church found it necessary to rework them over time.

Jesus thought we should treat women as equals, but we corrected that howler in a hurry. He thought maybe God would forgive all those who forgave others, but we quickly realized God isn’t that forgiving. There are many stipulations to His mercy. Jesus suggested we turn the other cheek, but we Americans fixed that one, too. We amassed the biggest militar
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Dustin Voliva
Jun 25, 2012 Dustin Voliva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-reads, read-2012
Brian is engaging and well studied. This is a book that doesn't insult faith. Brian Griffith isn't going to argue about God. What he seeks to do is challenge the thought Christianity is the same today is it was in the time of the apostles. Frankly, I couldn't stop reading.

This is about men (and women) who have changed Christianity from a religion of compassion, non-violence, equality, and freedom, to one in which we view charity as a problem, violence as a solution, equality between men and wome
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Howard
Nov 17, 2013 Howard rated it liked it
This book has a lot of interesting perspectives on the way Jesus' message changed from his time here, through the present. With a number of examples from Gnostic gospels, the book was still far weaker than, say, anything by Elaine Pagels. The best thing was that I read it at the same time as "Killing Jesus," and was able to enjoy some parallels and divergences.
Susan
Jun 21, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
This very thought provoking book discusses the origins of anti-semtism, misfortune as a punishment for sin, subjugation of women and other huge misappropriations of Jesus' message. It describes the centuries worth of misinterpretations that have led to very real errors and disasters in the church.
J.T.K. Gibbs
Apr 12, 2014 J.T.K. Gibbs rated it really liked it
Clear, concise, without bias and informative! It gives me so much to think about! Griffith is a history person par excellence and knows how to communicate his subject without "taking sides." I will be reading and referring to this book again and again.
Gabriel Wilensky
Excellent so far. A must-read for anyone interested in understanding how the teachings of Christianity changed dramatically over time to meet the needs of the growing church, and considerably distancing itself from the original teachings of Jesus in the process.
Geoff
Nov 11, 2014 Geoff rated it really liked it
very interesting read. i think anyone who is religious, no matter what religion you follow, would find this interesting.
Jess Smoll
Jul 08, 2012 Jess Smoll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
Quite simply one of the best historical theology texts I've read in a long, long time. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in Christianity.
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