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Thackerey’s argument is based on two simple assertions both of which are speculative in nature, but both of which are within the bounds of possibility, and therefore, not unreasonable. His first assertion, is that Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus was a simple hallucination triggered by Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, a common enough event that is well documented in the scientific literature. He presents a convincing case to support this assertion.
His second assertion, is that Peter lied to Paul about the Jerusalem resurrection. This second assertion is pure speculation on Thackerey's part, because there is no record of what actually transpired at this first meeting in Jerusalem. Christians just assume that Peter told Paul the truth about the Jerusalem resurrection, because it fits in with Christian claims that Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem. But, because there is no independent evidence supporting this resurrection claim, Thackerey chooses to assume Peter lied to Paul about this Jerusalem resurrection.
It's a given that Christians will automatically reject Thackerey's ideas out of hand, but more open minded readers may find Thackerey's explanation of Christianity's origins intriguing.
Of course, there are lots of odd things in the Bible – starting with what we mean by the Bible. There are lots of versions, differing compilations of ancient books and texts, and umpteen translations.
One thing missing from the story here is sex. The Bible is full of sex, mostly the bad kind. Pity there wasn't some here; it might have helped to learn a bit abut Thekla, who accompanied Paul but who has been largely erased from history.
I'm neutral about the idea; interesting, but I'd like to see more detail. I nearly said I'd like to see it 'fleshed out' but I realised that this is one of the problems of the book – it's riddled with cliches. And riddled too with italic and bold type.
Two millennia ago, people did not believe the world was flat. The Roman church got the upper hand when a bishop in Milan made the emperor crawl to ask for forgiveness for some sort of sin. And so on; these errors don't detract from the main thrust of the argument.
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