For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Reason and Doctrine
Time for Christians to Rethink What They Believe
  • Tony Devaney Morinelli
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Reason and Doctrine. Time for Christians to Rethink What They Believe
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Reason and Doctrine presents a simple, straightforward outline of Christian dogmas that not only contradict the scientific world view, they have no foundation in scripture. The author considers a wide range of ancient texts in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, and their contemporary translations, and discusses the texts that have come to be known as Paul’s letters, where he finds distinct errors from the references to Genesis to the accepted story of Jesus as a blood sacrifice. While fully documented and founded on a scholarly investigation, the book is written for general readers.

 


About the Author

Tony Morinelli is the Performing Arts Director and Humanities Chair emeritus at the Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where he has taught for over 30 years.

With a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College, he is also a playwright whose works have been performed around the world from Cairo to Singapore to New York and include productions at the New York and the Montreal Fringe Festivals. Also a visual artist, his works have been exhibited in Philadelphia, Charleston and Savannah.

Dr. Morinelli’s academic works include the only published English translations of The Legend of St. Julien and The Legend of the Seven Sleepers.

About the Book

Christian dogma holds that humankind was saved by the shedding of the blood of Jesus. But what kind of rational, loving god would require a blood sacrifice? Such a notion affronts all reason and raises questions about what kind of loving deity...

Christian dogma holds that humankind was saved by the shedding of the blood of Jesus. But what kind of rational, loving god would require a blood sacrifice? Such a notion affronts all reason and raises questions about what kind of loving deity we look to for moral guidance. Where did this idea come from, long after civilization rejected human sacrifice? Paul in particular made distinct errors in his readings of Genesis and in his creation of Jesus as a blood sacrifice.

Reason and Doctrine clearly points out such contradictions, then examines what the Gospels say about Jesus. What did he actually teach and who did he think he was? To what extent was he speaking metaphorically and how much of his talk did he mean literally? Comparing the Gospels story by story, we begin to realize the picture is not so clear.



Pages 168
Year: 2016
BISAC: REL006050 RELIGION / Biblical Commentary / General
BISAC: REL070000 RELIGION / Christianity / General
BISAC: REL004000 RELIGION / Atheism
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