The Cost of Deception: The Seduction of Modern Myths and Urban Legends

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Have you heard? The president of Proctor and Gamble has ties to the Church of Satan. Infamous atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair is on a crusade to stamp out Christian broadcasting. Scientists in Russia actually discovered hell deep inside the earth’s core.

While these stories are not only outrageous and frightening, they are most of all completely untrue! Even so, these urban legends are proliferated everyday by otherwise well-meaning and sincere Christians who find these stories credible enough to consider true.

Author John Williams contends that such hoaxes erode the credibility of Christians in a world where Christian influence is being met by increasing skepticism and gives Christians everywhere the tools to protect themselves from the cost of deception.

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"No, really it's true. It happened to my cousin's friend's sister," insists the perpetrator. Perpetrator of what? An urban legend, of course. With the creation of e-mail, these once-oral tall tales are disseminated to dozens at the click of a mouse. John Williams takes on these stories in The Cost of Deception: The Seduction of Modern Myths and Urban Legends. He argues that because they spread untruths, urban legends are inherently perilous for Christians. Although he at times overstates the danger, but his research into Christian-themed urban legends is as fascinating as anything by Jan Harold Brunvand. (If there's a sequel, could Williams please debunk that oft-repeated Sunday school legend about there being a place in ancient Jerusalem called "The Eye of the Needle" where a camel would have to pass through on its knees? Thanks in advance.)

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