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Kyosho
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« on: June 05, 2008, 04:17:43 AM »

I'm not against christianity. I wouldn't call myself an atheist exactly. I'm more agnostic (er, at least, the EverQuest definition of the term, haha). I used to go to church when I was younger, and I believed and whatnot. But no longer. Anyways, I'm interested in reading about the history of Christianity but from a non-christian's perspective. Or at least, an objective perspective. I want to learn about how all the little beliefs were established and what they're based on. I want to learn about the bible and why certain books are in it and others aren't. I want to know all the little dirty details. I've always been curious about this stuff, and I think it's time I learn.
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008, 04:22:23 AM »

Have you read the bible?
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008, 04:27:55 AM »

Go to Amazon.com. Type in "history of christianity" under books.  It's like magic!  And they all have comments that are at least as good as you'll find here.

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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008, 05:37:29 AM »

Quote from: Kyosho on June 05, 2008, 04:17:43 AM

I'm interested in reading about the history of Christianity but from a non-christian's perspective. Or at least, an objective perspective.

Do you consider Wiki objective?
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008, 11:16:18 AM »

Quote from: cheeba on June 05, 2008, 04:22:23 AM

Have you read the bible?

+ 2:8 (Ephesians)
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2008, 12:20:03 PM »

Read the Old Testament and skip the middleman.   Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2008, 12:25:43 PM »

Perfectly legit question.  I too went through the exact same research many years back.  I will see what sources I looked into and try and get back to you. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2008, 01:55:33 PM »

Ken's Guide to the Bible  You will be happy you read it.
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2008, 03:14:19 PM »

The cake is a lie.

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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2008, 03:57:46 PM »

Quote from: Unagi on June 05, 2008, 01:55:33 PM

Ken's Guide to the Bible  You will be happy you read it.

I just ordered that. Thanks for the head's up.

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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2008, 05:25:04 PM »

The Brick Testament is here to help!

Also, Bart Ehrman is a great writer and his books should suit your needs.
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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2008, 09:44:52 PM »

I enjoyed Diarmaid MacCulloch's book on the Reformation - though it is pretty long and dense.
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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2008, 01:25:25 AM »

Quote from: Eduardo X on June 05, 2008, 05:25:04 PM

Also, Bart Ehrman is a great writer and his books should suit your needs.

I'll second Ehrman, good call.
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