Incendiary in its ardour and irrefutable in its facts, this vintage of atheistic literature condemns Christianity as superstition and wishful considering rooted in early paganism, "sourced" by means of nameless fables, and promoted by way of self-serving males looking "worldly riches and power." Raging opposed to the blatant manipulations of the early Church and the antiscience time table of the fashionable Church, American author JOSEPH WHELESS (1868-1950) takes on every little thing from faked "relics" and the "holy mummery" of stigmatics and different dramatic mystics to the "priestly terrorism" of the Crusades, the Inquisition, and the Church's ancient intolerance. this is often an absolute must-read for an individual trying to find ammunition to counter the argument that the toughness of Christianity is proof of its legitimacy. additionally on hand FROM COSIMO: Wheless's Is It God's notice?
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I, 654. ) This new legend is cited simply to show how prone is the credulous clerical mind to accept as truth the most baseless fables; and how, when one of their precious bubbles of faith is pricked by tardy exposure or common sense, they eagerly catch at the next which comes floating by. THE “FINDING OF THE legislation” Another ancient priestly fiction, which to this day passes current among the credulous as inspired truth of God, is the fabled “finding of the Law” as recorded in the Word of God.
P. three. ) As typical illustration of the principles and practices above described of the best of the ancient writers, but more especially as an example of the kind of “history” written by the most learned and illustrious historian of Jewry, fellowcountryman and modern of the meant Apostolic writers of the New Testament books, it is of the highest significance to cite some of the solemn historic recordation of Josephus, from of his such a lot well-known works; they will make extra appreciated at their real value some of the inspired historical recitals of contemporaneous sacred background.
We cannot deny that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, left some divine writings, for this is asserted by the Apostle Jude in his canonical Epistle”! (Ibid,, p. 305. ) Thus the great Doctor vindicates the potentiality of the Holy Ghost, in the guise of the angel Gabriel, to maintain carnal copulation with the “proliferous yet Ever Virgin” Mother of God; and vouches for the divinity of the crude Jewish forgery of the Book of Enoch, which is duly canonized as genuine and authentic work of the mythical Patriarch, by the equally mythical “ Apostle” author of the forged Epistle of Jude.
D. Father Papias falls into what would by the Orthodox be regarded as “some” error, in disbelieving and denying the early crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ—evidently not then a belief; for he assures us, on the authority of what “the disciples of the Lord used to say in the old days,” that Jesus Christ lived to be an old man; and so evidently died in peace in the bosom of his family, as we shall see explicitly confessed by Bishop Irenaeus. Father Papias relates the raising to life of the mother of Manaimos; also the drinking of poison without harm by Justus Barnabas; which fables he supported by “strange parables of the Savior and teachings of his, and other mythical matters,” says Bishop Eusebius (quoted by CE.
Leaving for the moment aside the 27 presently accepted booklets of the N. T. , and admitting the many Christian forgeries of Christfables, CE. thus apologetically explains: “The genuine Gospels are silent about long stretches of the life of our Lord, the Blessed Virgin, and St. Joseph. This reserve of the Evangelists did not satisfy the pardonable curiosity of many Christians eager for information. ... Enterprising spirits spoke back to this traditional yearning through pretended gospels complete of romantic fables, and fantastic and striking details; their fabrications were eagerly read and accepted as true by common folk who were devoid of any critical faculty and who were predisposed to believe what so luxuriously fed their pious curiosity.