As we approach Easter and the traditional celebration of the birth of Jesus, a new book reveals for the first time the human figure behind the supernatural myth. Award-wining historian and biographer Robert Macklin returns to the original sources to cut through the distorted and dishonest picture of Jesus created and promoted by the Christian churches.
The Jesus Delusion will take its place beside Richard Dawkins’ seminal work, The God Delusion to undermine the tyranny of organised religion over science and reason.
Robert Macklin, the official biographer of Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. is the author of twenty books of biography and military history; and with co-author Peter Thompson, The Big Fella, the award winning expose of the mining giant BHP Billiton.
The Jesus Delusion follows an earlier exploration of the roots of Christianity’s founder, the highly acclaimed 1990 work, The Secret Life of Jesus. Both draw heavily on a forensic examination of the gospels for the hard-edged reality behind the myths. But the new work extends and expands on the manner in which the priesthood, aware they were deceiving their flock, abandoned all morality and preyed on the children in their care.
The claim that Jesus was born at Christmas is typical of the deceit endemic to the Church’s false picture of Jesus. His birth date is simply unknown; the Church has simply appropriated a pagan celebration of the winter solstice; yet most believers are unaware of the truth.
But most damning is the pretence that he was a god in human guise. Indeed, his own words in that climactic moment on the cross when he felt his life slipping away are key to the reality: ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’
It is the final despairing cry of a man who believed that by then his Heavenly Father would have recognised the power of his sacrifice and intervened to end the world of men and established a spiritual existence where righteousness ruled and the fallen were forever damned.
It was, of course, a product of the times and of the man. And however nonsensical it may appear in retrospect, the delusion lives on in the hearts of millions of Christians 2000 years later.
The Jesus Delusion is a giant stepping stone to the truth of the matter…for those with the courage to take the step.