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The Invention of Christianity is an exploration of the influence that Hellenization had on the evolution of Judaism into Christianity. It investigates how the stories of Dionysus could have evolved into that of Jesus, how rituals of the Dionysian mysteries are now found in Christianity, and the evolution of the Greek conception of the afterlife into the current Christian cThe Invention of Christianity is an exploration of the influence that Hellenization had on the evolution of Judaism into Christianity. It investigates how the stories of Dionysus could have evolved into that of Jesus, how rituals of the Dionysian mysteries are now found in Christianity, and the evolution of the Greek conception of the afterlife into the current Christian conception of Heaven and Hell.This book utilizes many of the ideas put forth in Drake’s first book The Invention of Religion throughout its investigation. It also looks into whether the Bible really had a divine source or was invented by humans and contains two appendices charting the age of the world according to the bible and the stories contained in each of the synoptic gospels....

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  • Briana
    2019-04-01 20:18

    There isn’t quite as much information as was in his first book, but many thought-provoking ideas are presented throughout the book. I also liked how the author continued to write in a very accessible and understandable way, so that you don’t have to continuously read sentences over in order to try and understand what is being said.The first part of this book continues with the emphasis on psychology that The Invention of Religion contained and explores the evolution of some of the “key concepts” of religion that the author came up with in his first book. And the second half does some “debunking” of the Old Testament. But the whole idea of the gospels originating from performances really captured my interest, because it really seems to make sense and account for inconsistencies in the New Testament.Just like the last, this book seemed very logical with sound arguments. Highly recommended.

  • Yuki
    2019-04-20 19:52

    This is a great "sequel" to Drake's first book since it uses the concepts developed in that book in order to take a look at the Christian religion. It's sort of like when you're studying a science and there's an "Applications" chapter where you get to put what you learned to use. However, this second book does not rely solely on the concepts of the first.Its major focus is on the Hellenization of Israel. As stated in the Introduction, Greek culture spread due to the conquests of Alexander the Great, so The Invention of Christianity analyzes the effect this had on the emergence of Christianity. In my opinion, the author basically shows that Christianity is just Judaism with a Greek twist and then he goes on to show evidence that the Bible was written by humans, thus debunking the entire religion.The appendices are also interesting to read because I never knew why Christians thought the world was only 6,000 years old before. Overall, it is a tightly-structured book that is not filled with fluff, so the arguments are very concise as it puts Christianity in the cross-hairs.

  • KT
    2019-04-01 15:53

    It's not quite as expansive as his first book, but still an excellent read in its own right.Part 1 involves a look at the influence the conquests of Alexander the Great had on the religion. The reader is introduced to the story of Dionysus and a comparison is made between certain elements of Jesus' life and Dionysus'. Drake brings up a very interesting idea about the gospels originally being performances. He also looks at the evolution of rituals and the afterlife in this part.In the second part of the book, Drake indicates that there is a fundamental conflict between what the Bible tells us about the world and what we observe about the world. Essentially, he shows that it's one or the other: either the Bible is wrong or science is wrong. But then he goes on to show that there is definite evidence that the Bible was written by people and did not "come from a divine source."Overall, Drake does a good job providing evidence to support the ideas presented in the book.

  • Book
    2019-04-19 18:13

    The Invention of Christianity by Alexander Drake"The Invention of Christianity" is a brief book about how Hellenization affected the Hebrew religion and the emergence of Christianity. Alexander Drake follows up his excellent book, "The Invention of Religion" with a lesser quality yet effective book that focuses on how the stories of Dionysus may have evolved into that of Jesus and whether or not the Bible had a divine source or was invented. When compared to his previous book this book leaves something to be desired but be that as it may the author is able to provide compelling arguments to support his theses. This brief 57-page book is broken out into two parts: Part 1 deals with the examination of the evolution of Christianity from Judaism; and Part 2 examines the evidence showing that the Old Testament is written by humans.Positives:1. Accessible prose for the masses.2. A fair and even-handed treatment of the subject. Respectful tone.3. A practical application of the belief disconfirmation paradigm.4. Debunking the Counterfeit Evidence Hypothesis.5. An interesting look at the Hellenic influence on the Hebrew religion.6. The book focuses on Dionysus. The author does a wonderful job of establishing his theory and providing compelling arguments to support his claims.7. A good use of scripture to make his points.8. A look at the conceptions of Heaven and Hell.9. The Story of the Flood under the microscope. How it compares to the Babylonian flood.10. A look at the creation story and its shortcomings.11. The most famous error in the Old Testament.12. A brief look at some mistakes in the Old Testament.Negatives:1. Just doesn't live up to his previous book.2. Too brief of a book to provide the reader with enough themes to bit into. Where's the beef?3. The author limits the book to only two themes thus limiting the appeal that his first book had.4. No links to speak of.5. Not as enjoyable a read as previous book.In summary, this is an average book that doesn't live up to the high expectations set by Alexander Drake's previous book. This book does not feel complete, the author goes after two themes and does a reasonably good job of providing good arguments for his case. The book was just too short and feels like a sequel to a previous superior work. That being said, the author provides compelling arguments for his thesis. There are many books that cover these themes in a superior way, read with reservations.Further recommendations: "The Invention of Religion" by the same author, "The Invention of God: The Natural Origins of Mythology and Religion" by Bill Lauritzen, "Man Made God: A Collection of Essays" by Barbara G. Walker, "Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization" Stephen Cave, "Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain" by Michael S. Gazzaniga, "The Religion Virus: Why we believe in God: An evolutionist explains religion's incredible hold on humanity" by James A. Craig, "50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God" by Guy P. Harrison, "The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies---How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths" by Michael Shermer and "The Invention of the Jewish People" by Shlomo Sand. I have reviewed all these books

  • Jean-Pierre
    2019-04-08 19:52

    The book is not particularly subtle in its approach to biblical texts. It does not always properly distinguish between mythical OT accounts (creation, the flood) and historical NT accounts that have, admittedly, been edited to tie in with prophecies, to make philosophical points or under the influence of (notably Greek) narratives (e.g. the parallels between the Jesus story and Dionysian accounts, but also the very ideas of an immortal soul, afterlife and the heaven/hell dichotomy). But to ignore the difference between fictional "invention" and mythical styling, sometimes on grounds of circumstantial evidence, is a rather bold shortcut, which Drake seems to easily engage in. And there seems to be very little awareness of historical text criticism. Some naïve arguments run "this cannot have been written by God himself, because an omniscient God would have known this or that was false." Even so, the challenge to a literalist reading of scripture as divinely inspired authority remains, but it is more carefully documented in other books.

  • Prince Alexander
    2019-03-22 21:18

    This book was pretty bad. The book's premise is to examine the Hellenistic influence on the New Testament. It's a very short read, and fails miserably in that examination. In fact very little actually goes towards an examination on the Hellenic (Greek) Jews. My motivation to read it was due to Reza Aslan's Zealot (highly recommended) which began the conversation on the Hellenic (Greek) Jewish influence in Christianity, but that book ends on that note. I was looking for something that continued the story.However Drake's book uses tenous comparisons. Thankfully it was a quick read. I'm still looking for a book that examines the period from the war between James (Jesus's brother and leader of the Mother Assembly of Christianity in Jerusalem (Hebrew Jews)) and Paul's lust for power, and the Hellenic Jews that followed Paul's beliefs to gain favor with Rome, by integrating with Roman/Greek mythology in the New Testament. If you know one, I'll take the recommendation.

  • Pankaj Singh
    2019-04-20 17:54

    A decent follow up to his masterpiece The Invention of Religion. This book is even shorter than his previous work, and I think this time the length does affect the quality. More than half of the 60 pages are taken up by the analogies drawn between Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and Jesus. I'm sure Mr. Drake could have added a lot more information in this book if he wanted to, he sounds knowledgable enough. Overall a quick read that is quite informative but just feels a bit too rushed.

  • Kevin Sweet
    2019-03-30 21:08

    This contains several interesting insights into how Hellenization influenced Judaism, and how Dionysian myths likely evolved into the stories of Jesus that we know today. I found especially compelling the idea that the four gospels in the Bible were different accounts of the same play that might have been popular at the time, where scenes such as the Last Supper and the kissing of Judas were acted out in a theater. The minor differences in the gospels are then easily explained by the four authors seeing different actors of the same basic plot.Much of the book is conjecture, and the author is quick to point out that his conclusions are implied, but not confirmed. It's hard to deny the plausibility of his conclusions, though. That said, this book is not likely to convince anyone who believes in the divine authorship of the Bible.

  • Karolos
    2019-04-02 22:21

    "The belief disconfirmation paradigm is part of cognitive dissonance theory, which is the drive that people have to reduce the discord caused by simultaneously believing in two ideas that conflict with each other. [...] Providing evidence that a belief is wrong will not necessarily make a person abandon that belief if their investment in it is strong enough."Extraordinary and illuminating piece of investigation (and Appendix for 'The Invention Of Religion') of the facts that account on the likelihood of Christianity as an evolution of the Hellenistic Judaism, the Jesus mortal-mother-divine-father story which that of Dionysius', and the evidence that the bible was not written by an omniscient source, but that it is in fact a fictional account invented by humans. Sugar for my eyes. *****

  • JM
    2019-03-25 22:07

    After I read and loved The Invention of Religion, I immediately bought this book. I had been anxiously awaiting a time to read it and finally got the chance this weekend. It was a good weekend. Drake writes with such accessible prose that you really understand the concepts he’s putting forth. And he’s very equitable and treats both sides of the issue with respect. I had always figured that there was probably a historical Jesus that the New Testament was based on, but this book made me reconsider that idea. It really makes a good argument about how Hellenization could have affected the Hebrew religion and invented new concepts like baptism, communion, and Jesus.

  • Amy
    2019-04-09 21:57

    This is a great little 'book' (though more of an essay, I thought) bring together ideas and information in a very accessible way. It focuses on the history of early monotheism and the cross pollination of religious ideas across polytheism and early monotheism, particularly Christianity. Very well researched and informative, and very well put together (especially for how short it is).

  • Brandon
    2019-04-02 17:06

    I grew up Lutheran but never really was into all the singing and chanting. The whole religion made me wonder if it was just made up because half of it never made any sense. This book tipped the balance. I am confident now in my choice of atheism.

  • Janet
    2019-04-19 23:04

    This guy knows a lot about Greek religion but very little about Judaism. Was this a term paper for an undergraduate religion class?