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from: The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions, James R. Lewis, Prometheus, 1998.

["Mormonism" ("generic term")] "With a long history of persecution, the LDS ["Latter Day Saint", etc.] Church gains media attention occasionally when its buildings are bombed in South America or its missionaries are killed. While tragic, this terrorism, although used by the LDS Church as persecution, is usually not directed toward the church itself, but what it representsCAmerican IMPERIALISM." [347].

[See (search, etc.): Imperialism].

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from: The Jesus Myth, G.A. Wells, Open Court, 1999.

"Books by G.A. Wells

Herder and After (1959)

The Plays of Grillparzer (1969)

The Jesus of the Early Christians (1971)

Did Jesus Exist? (1975; second edition, 1986)

Goethe and the Development of Science (1978)

The Historical Evidence for Jesus (1982)

The Origin of Language: Aspects of the Discussion from Condillac to Wundt (1987)

Religious Postures: Essays on Modern Christian Apologists and Religious Problems (1988)

Who Was Jesus? A Critique of the New Testament Record (1989)

Belief and Make-Believe: Critical Reflections on the Sources of Credulity (1991)

What's in a Name? Reflections on Language, Magic, and Religion (1993)

The Jesus Legend (1996) [Foreword by R. Joseph Hoffmann]

The Jesus Myth (1998) [1999]

Edited Works

Language: Its Origin and Relation to Thought (co-edited with D.R. Oppenheimer), by F.R.H. Englefield (1977)

The Mind at Work and Play (co-edited with D.R. Oppenheimer) by F.R.H. Englefield (1985)

J.M. Robertson: Liberal, Rationalist, and Scholar (1987)

Critique of Pure Verbiage: Essays on Abuses of Language in Literary, Religious, and Philosophical Writings (co-edited with D.R. Oppenheimer), by F.R.H. Englefield (1990)

The Old Faith and the New, by David Friedrich Strauss (1997)". [opposite title page].

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'The Fathers ["Fathers of the Church"] had to explain away not only the inconsistencies in scripture, but also those between it and church doctrine, and the mediaeval theologians who followed them were committed to patristic [Writings of the "Fathers of the Church"] authority as well: ALL HAD TO BE REPRESENTED AS A UNITY. The result provides what a recent commentator has called

"the spectacle of some of the greatest minds in European history devoting their lives to the systematic misrepresentations of ancient textsCtruly one of the wonders [disasters!] of intellectual history"

(Hood 1995, p. 3 ["Hood, J.Y.B. 1995. Aquinas and the Jews. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press."]).' [111].

[See: 1005 (].



'John Bowden, Anglican priest and Managing Director of SCM ["Student Christian Movement"] Press, feels forced to the conclusion that "the Bible can no longer be used as a history book" and that it is time to start abandoning the OT narrative, the gospel narrative, Acts, and the Church History of Eusebius as a basic framework for our understanding of Christianity, since IT IS ALL "IDEOLOGY, PARTY HISTORY, which does not fall within the canons [standards, criterion, etc.] of what is acceptable history for us." He sees, however, that to implement this revision would result in "almost unthinkable" upheavals in both Christian and Jewish communities.1 [1Gerd Lüdemann, The Unholy in Scripture, 1997: 146, 151, 160] One really cannot envisage mainstream churches, let alone conservative sects, giving up the claims made in the creeds and in the sacred books.' [245].

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