The Dark Side of God: A Quest for the Lost Heart of Christianity

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Element, 1999 - Religion - 331 pages
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The Christian Church claims to inherit its spiritual authority directly from Jesus via the Apostolic succession. But was there really a smooth transfer of power from Jesus to Peter and then to the Catholic Church? Or has a long-term campaign of propaganda, forgery and deception concealed the true nature of events?

This thought-provoking new book on the origins of Christianity charts the Church's relentless pursuit of power, from its beginnings to the present day. It is a compelling and often disturbing analysis of Christian belief. As he skillfully disentangles the Jesus of history from the Jesus of myth and religious doctrine, Douglas Lockhart challenges us to rethink our most fundamental beliefs.

In addition, Lockhart asks some hardhitting questions about Christian teachings and why God allows the world to be filled with evil.

The Dark Side of God, the sequel to Jesus the Heretic (Element 1997), is a passionate quest to recover the lost heart of Christianity. It will be a source of inspiration for all who seek genuine spiritual truth.

."..the underlying message is one of hope for all who currently strive to free themselves from misguided belief and regain a true sense of spiritual purpose."

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The Challenge
Les Fleurs du Mal
The Historical Whitewash

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Douglas Lockhart lectured in Religious Studies at the Franklin School of Contemporary Studies.

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