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murderous agitator (even after his conversation) so at odds with the historical record and St Paul's own (well known) writing as
on 6 January 2016
I am enjoying reading this series, however I find that the treatment of St Paul - cast as an evil, conspiring, murderous agitator (even after his conversation) so at odds with the historical record and St Paul's own (well known) writing as to be gratuitously and unnecessarily offensive. In this text the author goes as far as having St Paul organising riots in Alexandria - a serious allegation against a historical figure with no foundation in fact (as accepted in the postscript).Would the author dare to write about the Prophet Mohamed in such terms? Robert Fabbri clearly has some 'issues' with Christianity - which he describes as 'this man made religion' in his postscript, whilst writing in more neutral (indeed positive) terms about many of the pagan faiths followed in the first century AD - and in subsequent books of this series even empowering ancient deities with the ability to resurrect the dead. The author is, of course, entitled to develop his plot line as he sees fit and no doubt the massive growth of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire and beyond is worthy of analysis - but I think that the real Paul, Peter, Timothy and James revealed in their own writing is more likely to account for the exponential growth of the Christian Religion than the character of Paul described in 'False God of Rome'.
If one accepts this series as pure fiction only vaguely paralleling the reality of the life of Vespasian it is a good read in the mode of 'Game of Thrones' - but I could do without the amateur theology which spoils the otherwise fascinating insights into life in Rome.
I am reading the series in that light and despite the above would still recommend it. The author obviously has talent - but should perhaps reflect on the necessity of being so offensive towards a man who (regardless of ones religious perspective) shaped not just the Christian Church but the ethical framework of the modern (secular) world.