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Christopher Hearn's book delves into the origins of Christianity, examining various theories and evidence surrounding its inception. In a concise 120 pages, Hearn navigates through complex topics with some clarity and depth.

The book's strength lies in its exploration of differing perspectives on the birth of Christianity, including theories of hallucinations, fabrications, and myths. Hearn presents these theories alongside evidence, allowing readers to critically evaluate each argument.

Despite its brevity, the book offers a comprehensive overview of the historical and theological factors shaping Christianity's beginnings. Hearn's writing is accessible yet scholarly, making it suitable for both academic and general audiences interested in the subject.

While some readers may crave more in-depth analysis on certain points, the book serves as an excellent starting point for those seeking to understand the historical context and evidential basis of Christianity's origins.

Overall, as a first book on the topic of Christian origins, How Did Christianity Begin? Hallucinations? Fabrications? Myths? Resurrection? A Look at the Evidence may be felt to be a thought-provoking exploration that invites readers to engage with the complexities of Christian history. Do study some more, but ...
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vegetarian | 5 andra recensioner | May 15, 2024 |
Christopher Hearn accomplished his purpose very well with the short .PUB book _How Did Christianity Begin?_. It is not targeted toward an academic audience but rather for Christian believers in the reality of Jesus' resurrection who might find themselves in conversations with skeptics or unbelievers. On a popular level, Hearn provides a wealth of well-documented material refuting three common claims made by people who are asserting that the resurrection of Christ is not true.

The material in this short book likely will not be sufficient to convince every doubter. Those whose minds are already set firmly against the possibility of a dead man coming back to life will be hard to convince. However, people with honest uncertainty about the resurrection will find this easy-to-read work a useful aid as they study for themselves and reach conclusions that are based on solid evidence.… (mer)
johnfgaines | 5 andra recensioner | Apr 19, 2024 |
The purpose of this book is to help Christians share their faith and answer questions about how Christianity began. Well, not so much how it began, but to refute arguments that it is a made-up religion, rather than some ‘true’ religion worshipping a ‘real’ God. It goes into detail refuting three “Objections to Christianity and the resurrection of Jesus”: 1. No one saw Jesus resurrected from the dead; they were hallucinating; 2. There are other ways to explain the empty tomb story without believing in a resurrection; and 3. The New Testament documents can’t be trusted. As much of the refutation comes from the Bible itself, the book becomes more helpful for a Christian coming to terms with their own doubts, rather than ‘proof’ for a non-Christian. After all, every religion has, as part of its ‘scripture’, an origin story.

I did find this book useful in confirming some personal beliefs, as well as increasing my Biblical literacy and providing some early non-Biblical sources. With due caution to the circular reasoning, circumstantial evidence, and some weak arguments this book is worth reading to explore the questions raised.
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twogreys | 5 andra recensioner | Apr 4, 2024 |
The book itself is well written and researched. However, looking through a critical thinking lense and putting aside my own beliefs, it seems a lot of the evidence is circumstantial or verified not by facts but the word of others with the same beliefs, a vaccum if you will. For the believer, this book is going to confirm everything you already believe and give you more confidence in telling others your beliefs and why, which is the purpose of the book. For the skeptic or non-believer, I don't think the book gives enough scientific, cultural basis, or resources to refute the "other side" of the hypothesis. The title, to me, is misleading, as it doesnt really cover how Christianity started, but rather it is an evangelical tool to help believers spread the word. As a believer, I want to like this book more, but the critical side of me has so many more questions raised than answered. The Bible does have many inconsistencies, and not just because of the time frame in which it was written over, but also the number of translations that have changed words to suit those that translated it means you can't truly use it as a source. Using the Bible to prove the Bible is just a circle argument.… (mer)
oriocookie | 5 andra recensioner | Apr 1, 2024 |