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Is God fact or fiction? This is the question that has been the subject of debate for millennia, oftentimes leading to violence, as we have seen in the countless religious wars throughout the course of history, including the Islamic and Christian wars of today. The Greatest Story Ever Forged discusses this question, and outlines the fabrications giving birth to these monotheistic religions, their early developments, and how they have tyrannized the West and Middle East for these many centuries. Though there have been many defenders of the faith, David Hernandez shows how these religions have infinitely caused more damage to man than any good they have ever been credited for having done. This is what he calls ''the Curse of the Christ Myth,'' which derives from ''the big lie'' as propounded by the inventors of the Christ Myth, who battled as fiercely among themselves as they did against their detractors or non-believers. These include everyone from the Jews to the Pagans to the Gnostics to the heretics, and any form of ''infidels'' in an effort to establish their ''true'' religions.
These religious conflicts evolved into varied forms of crusades, small and large, which today could well be described as jihads. They can be seen as either Islamic or Christian, but both produced what we have come to know as the terror of the Dark Ages, when body and mind belonged to the Church. Scholarship, especially of the last two centuries, has researched the origins of Christianity with scientific methods and tools. It has uncovered archeological and documentary evidence that clearly demonstrates there is no basis for asserting that there was ever a historical person remotely consistent with the figure of Jesus Christ, as alleged and described in the Bible.
Taking these findings into account [note that this scholarship can often become exceedingly intricate], David Hernandez has tried to simplify the knotty, scholarly discussions, and supporting evidence, in this book so that the general reader may grasp the intricacies in a more palatable form without insulting the intelligence of the reader. This is a perennially urgent, but intriguing, subject with many surprising discoveries for the student of religion, as well as anyone else concerned with our social conflicts and the terrorism that plagues us today. These findings are certain to make this book a lively contender, alongside the most action-packed novel or movie, for capturing the vivid attention of any reader.
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Born in the pre-dawn of the Great Depression, David Hernandez was raised by a young widowed mother of six children in a Catholic Mexican barrio in Chicago, IL. He lifted himself out of their poverty to become a professional musician, and earned a Ph. D. at the University of Illinois. David has also taught at a number of universities and colleges around the country, published articles and poetry in newspapers and magazines, written plays, and has published the books: Missing in America: Freedom, Justice, and Honor; Hurdling the Barrio (A Memoir); Three Plays/Tres Dramas (Bilingual edition); and Boy, What I Could Do With GatesÃ† Billions! He has been active in music, theater, sports, and social, educational, and political affairs. David Hernandez currently lives in Carrollton, Texas.
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