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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Holy Blasphemy (1 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615430937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615430935
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,258,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Derek Murphy is an ex-seminary student from Portland, Oregon whose interest in Christian history began while studying theology, philosophy and classical languages on the Mediterranean island of Malta. His passion for religious history has led him to spiritual centers, ruins and temples in over 30 countries, where he's participated in authentic religious rituals with local shamans, witch-doctors, priests and monks. He's backpacked through Europe, played polo on the plains of Argentina, explored unexcavated tombs in Egypt, studied oil painting in Florence, climbed through the fallen pillars of Angkor Wat and been a national representative to an East European Amnesty International conference in Prague. In 2006 he received a $30,000 government grant to study comparative literature. He's now finishing his PhD at one of the world's top universities, organizing a campaign to bring writing and art supplies to 10,000 children in developing countries, and working on his second book.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ems on 25 April 2011
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Gosh where to start?... An impressively heavy tome, it reads like an academic paper. Its divided into three parts, then subdivided. The subdivisions work as part of a cohesive narrative, but also allow you to pick and choose the parts you're most interested in. As a result it is easy to follow Murphy's logic and makes for fuss free reading.

A lot of research and effort have obviously been expended in writing this book, but at no point does it feel laboured or like Murphy has an axe to grind (an impressive achievement considering the subject matter). In fact Murphy presents the evidence and leaves the conclusions to the reader. Having said this there are points at which you do hear Murphy's own voice, in little asides to the main narrative. I should add however that these are delivered with such brilliant sarcastic wit that they only add to the experience, rather than detracting from his academic credibility. For example:

In response to the Biblical story of Genesis (1:1-31) "Everything was made perfectly in accordance to [God's] plan, and he announced that it was all very good. In the world He created, there was no death and no suffering, which suggests that the time and the basic laws of physics hadn't yet been installed" (226)

This was not the book I was expecting. From the title I thought there would be more about the similarities between Jesus and Harry, with some interesting facts about both thrown in for good measure. It is not, although the first chapter Sacrificial Half Breed Warlocks: Harry Potter as a Christ Figure does (obviously) focus on the two characters similarities, the rest of the book is a fairly detailed look at the roots, and development, of Christianity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter French on 8 Jun 2013
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The title, whilst "catchy," belies a quite serious book. A little disorganised, but the content is exhaustive and persuasivly presented. I don't think a spiritual Christian would be uncomfortable with this idea; what an evangelical or more orthodox Christian makes of this is up to them, but they ought to read this if only to try to find ways of "rubbishing" the concept. Personally, I am glad that the Harry Potter idea is confined to the first chapter with small mentions later, it was a very good way of describing the explanation of the content and enticing a potential reader into buying the book, which, if you're interested in the inconsistencies of the New Testatment, and the total lack of independent, contemporary historical facts regarding the physical existence of Christ, you will enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amber on 28 Mar 2013
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Lovely sweet Harry Potter is better than stinky old Jesus. Really good, I enjoyed it a lot, very amusing. I no longer believe Jesus was even a historical figure- hoorah!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By viking on 23 Feb 2014
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A well researched, comprehensive, enjoyable yet scholarly rendition, which is a great contribution to the current Jesus as myth debate.
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By ralphy on 28 Sep 2014
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Sorry, but this was all a bit simplistic for me. It may interest those who do not have a great understanding of gospel history.
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