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Presbyterians Offer Christmas Gift

November 17th, 2006
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Westminster/John Knox Press, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA, has published a new book, just in time for Christmas, savaging the truth of the Faith! [Am I allowed to mention the fact that Augsburg-Fortress Publishing House is now partnered with W/JK to produce the "Lutheran Handbook," and the ELCA's new Sunday School curriculum and also their Vacation Bible School?]. Here’s more on the book:

Christianity’s Origins Questioned by Sociologist
by David Klinghoffer

John Knox Press, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), kicked
up a controversy this summer when it published a book alleging that
9/11 resulted from a Bush Administration plot. Critics, including
Presbyterians, wondered what the press was doing promoting a conspiracy
theory like the one in David Ray Griffin’s Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11. Now WJKP is back with another title that may again leave the faithful scratching their heads in wonderment.

The book, out this month, is Why Christianity Happened: A Sociological Account of Christian Origins (26-50 C.E.)
by James G. Crossley. It argues that a key feature of Christian
doctrine was merely a response to social conditions. Specifically, the
apostle Paul rejected observance of Jewish law as a requirement for new
Christians, thus turning one of Jesus’ original teachings on its head,
simply because there were so many new gentile converts to the Jesus
movement. It thus became implausible to require them all to follow Old
Testament laws like circumcision and eating only kosher food.

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  1. November 20th, 2006 at 13:31 | #1

    It would seem that revisionism, whether historical or theological, never goes out of style.
    Paul, then, was just being more seeker sensitive than Jesus.
    Nope, nothing too revisionist about that!

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