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3.0 out of 5 stars Good God?, 11 April 2013
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This review is from: Jesus Lied - He Was Only Human: Debunking The New Testament (Paperback)
CJ Werleman does an OK job debunking the myths of the New Testament and exposing the contradictions of the Bible. Some of his points are obvious and have been well debated on numerous occasions; such as how can a loving God commit people to an eternity of writhing agony just because they choose to exercise the free will He gave them in the first place? Other points Werleman makes are perhaps not quite so well trodden. According to the messiah prophecies, the Christ will be born of David's line. And he was, we all know that, courtesy of his fathers ancestor. But at the same time the Bible claims Jesus was the happy child of a virgin birth, so Joseph wasn't his biological father, so Jesus couldn't have been born of David's line. That's food for thought.

On the other hand some of Werleman's claims are weak. Arguing that when a young Jesus shook off his parents and was later found in the temple, the Biblical text refers to Joseph as father of the child, thereby contradicting itself according to the virgin birth. Well no, not really, if you accept the man brought the child up as his own, he is the father. Isn't he? It's not the same as claiming a bloodline that either is there or isn't there.

As other reviewers have said there are many spelling, formatting and grammatical errors liberally scattered throughout. I also found Werleman's purile style of humour quite annoying. He often comes across like a bullying little school boy making snide comments and with the addition of groan-worthy jokes you can read on a thousand birthday cards, he almost had me taking the side of his targets.

All in all, if it had been edited with greater control this would have been an excellent thought provoking read. As it is, it fell a bit short.
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