THE MYTHS OF CHRISTIANITY by John D. Richie

THE MYTHS OF CHRISTIANITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A muddled examination of the Bible and Christian doctrine.

Many Christian leaders do not know “the real Truth,” says Richie, who is here to set the record straight. He aims to summarize the basic teachings of the Bible; help Christians prepare themselves for the Lord’s return and the final judgment; and dispel false teachings that he believes pervade society. He begins with a consideration of eschatology–the doctrine of last things, or the end of the world–and argues that Christians will not escape the ultimate judgment. He also examines hell, the mission and work of Jesus and the doctrine of original sin, and he describes the City of God, which he claims to have envisioned in a dream. Richie insists that true believers will not be led into sin, and warns that well-meaning but gullible believers may be led astray by pastors who claim to be Christians, but who, in fact, lead lives marred by sin. Mainstream theologians would find that Richie often departs from the teachings of classical Christianity; his claim that “to limit the Godhead to just three is inconsistent with other evidence contained in the Bible,” for example, is a major revision of the doctrine of the Trinity. A certain pantheism creeps into the author’s arguments, as well, such as when he claims that should the universe be destroyed, God would be destroyed, too, since “God is the universe!” Throughout the book, the prose is garbled–“This is a book about myths within Christianity, yet it is not filled with all the myths now existing”–and the text is riddled with typos and grammatical errors–“recent years have brought revisions to Gods Word.” Worse, the book lacks a coherent structure, and often devolves into rambling, bully-pulpit proselytizing.

Any message to be gleaned is buried beneath the slapdash presentation.

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 2006
ISBN: 1-59800-837-4
Program: Kirkus Indie
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