Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth: – Book Review

In 66 C.E., fed up with the Roman occupation of their land, the Jews declared…

In 66 C.E., fed up with the Roman occupation of their land, the Jews declared war on the Roman Empire. Soldiers patrolled even in the temple of this supposedly inconsequential part of the empire.

Imagine the anger Malayalis would have felt if Communists administered their temples and the state looted its wealth. Wait. Wrong example.

If Jesus  was not the person whom the Gospels claim to be — the good shepherd, the peacenik, the one who turned the other cheek — then who was he?

Though Rome was a powerful empire, the Jews were confident that their God would take them to victory.  Motivated by what looked like a possible victory, the rebels attacked Jews who colluded with the Romans. Many messiahs also appeared on the scene, prophesying the end of Jerusalem. Finally, the miracle happened; they liberated Jerusalem.

If any Carthaginians were around, they would have told the Jews that this was a bad idea. In 70 C.E., the empire struck back.  They razed the city to the ground, slaughtered the Jews and exiled the survivors.  They also renamed the city and erased all mention of it from the record.

Temple of Jerusalem

Unlike Hindus, the Jews did not have temples all over the country. There was one temple—The Temple at Jerusalem—the centre of their worship and that was gone. It was not just the Jews who were affected; the followers of a man named Yeshua were affected dramatically. It was after these events that the first Gospels were written.

Due to these sequence of events, Reza Aslan argues that the Jesus of the Gospels is not the same as the historical man named Yeshua. For Aslan, the Gospels were written by believers for a specific purpose and are not historical documents. He ignores them and presents a picture of Yeshua by looking at the social, political and theological context of that period.

Aslan himself is a former evangelical, who gave up that life as he became a religious scholar.  Besides painting a portrait of Yeshua, he also reveals how the modern Jesus was invented.

If Jesus  was not the person whom the Gospels claim to be — the good shepherd, the peacenik, the one who turned the other cheek — then who was he?

According to Aslan, two things we can be sure are:

  1. He was a Jew who led a popular movement like many others
  2. He was crucified by the Romans like many others.

To those who believe Yeshua was a child prodigy, who at a young age, stunned the priests of the Temple and to those  Indians who are fascinated by the tale of Jesus learning in India, Aslan, who has been a Biblical scholar for two decades, sets the record straight.

Yeshua was a  woodworker or craftsman who never ventured far away. All Jewish peasants of the time were illiterate; Yeshua could not have been any different. (On a side note, the theory that he died in Tibet has been debunked as well)

Once baptized by his guru, John the Baptist,  Yeshua took on a career of preaching. He wandered around as a professional exorcist, curing the ill of their sickness. Another common profession during that period, it paid more than being a woodworker.

He was not the only miracle worker of that period, “it was quite common to see diviners, dream interpreters, magicians and medicine men wandering around the region“.  But Aslan says Jesus did something different from the rest: he never charged for his work. We know that because the pagan and Jewish critics of Christianity agree on this as well.

Yeshua was not stoned to death for blasphemy, but crucified, which was the Roman punishment for treason. Anyone who proclaimed he was a messiah was crucified for striving to overthrow the Roman Empire.

Disrupting the activities of the temple, Yeshua proclaimed that the Kingdom of God was coming soon and this occurred during the time when rebels were working to overthrow the Romans and bring the land under Jewish control.

The main thesis of Aslan’s book is that Jesus was not someone who was talking about abstract ideas during this time, but was a zealot, actively involved in this movement like others of that period.

Yeshua proclaimed that the present order would be replaced by a new political, religious and economic system and for advocating such a revolutionary idea, he was executed by crucifixion.

Another point Aslan makes is that the crucifixion of Jesus was not one of those stop-the-world events that happened in Jerusalem.  Pilate, the Roman governor, who sent Jesus to the cross had utter disregard for Jewish customs and had crucified many others.  He would not even have met Jesus.

Terrorized by Pilate’s hobby, the people of Jerusalem complained to the Roman emperor. Even then he did not lose his job. Nothing happened to the temple priest as well. It was much later, after Pilate sent soldiers to butcher the followers of another messiah, that both he and the temple priest lost their jobs.

For the Jews, it was curtains down. Jesus was yet another failed messiah.

Following the crucifixion of Yeshua, three major strands of events occurred.

Pieter Lastman – The crucifixion, 1616 – Museum het Rembrandthuis

The followers of Yeshua–the ones who walked with him– were shocked.  The messiah who promised to rebuild David’s Kingdom had not only failed but was crucified like a state criminal. What did that mean? What could they do now?

For the Jews, it was curtains down. Jesus was yet another failed messiah. But for members of the Jesus movement, they had to invent a new explanation. They also had to prove to others that he indeed was the messiah.

And so, one of the earliest beliefs they came up with was the radically new resurrection narrative–that he arose on the third day.  They stayed in Jerusalem, continuing his teaching.

 The second chain of events was set off by Paul who was inspired by Jesus though he had never met him. Other writers claimed Paul had a vision; Paul himself never said so.

For Paul, Jesus was divine. Paul’s target market was the urbanized elite who did not care for messianic concepts or Jewish rituals. For the original illiterate followers of Jesus, Paul’s teachings were all Greek (literally). It would be like Hindus reading the writings of Prof. Wendy Doniger.

In fact, Paul’s teaching looked so radical that the head of the Hebrew followers, James, (the brother of Jesus), sent congregations to convert the followers of Paul back to the fold; James was quite successful.

As the Hebrews—the farmers and fishermen followers of Jesus—and the Hellenists—the urbanized Greek-speaking Romans—were duking it out: 9/11 hit Jerusalem and the Romans wiped out the place from the map.

This triggered the third sequence of events.

The Gospels were written down in various cities in the empire: Rome, Damascus, Antioch, and Ephesus by people who had never met Yeshua. By then four decades had passed since Yeshua’s crucifixion and the eyewitnesses to his life had perished. The teachings that were passed along were conveniently modified.

Also, after 70 C.E, it was clear to everyone as to who had the power to chop off your head. The authors of the Gospels could either stick their neck out or write that Jesus was a man who wanted to overthrow the Roman Empire or they could spin another tale.

They chose the latter.

A Jesus, who operated at a divine plane and had nothing to do with earthly matters became a convenient replacement.

The author of the first gospel, attributed to Mark, wanted to absolve the Romans of all the crime. Hence, the whole story of Pilate washing his hands of Jesus was invented.

Thus, the Romans, who crucified Yeshua were sanitized and Jews who did not accept him as the messiah became the villains. That was the birth of anti-Semitism, the consequences of which can be seen even today.

Another important point to note is that the gospels were not written in Hebrew or Aramaic, but in Greek. The evangelists’ goal was to convert the gentiles and so distancing themselves from Jewish “mumbo-jumbo” seemed right.

Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan is not the first person to do this kind of analysis. He is one among many of a two centuries-old line of scholarship trying to excavate the historical Jesus. Many years back, Prof. Thomas Sheehan of Stanford, taught a course called The Historical Jesus where he did similar analysis looking into the Gospels to find out what fits and what does not.

Usually, historians go to primary sources to find the truth, but in this case, Sheehan says, the primary source are problematic. The Gospels which are now considered Canonical were ruled so by political forces. Whatever did not fit the template was considered a heretic, a concept alien to dharmic traditions.

Each blind scholar in this lineage found a different part of the elephant: using historical studies, literary analysis and sociology, they found Yeshua to be either a philosopher or an apocalyptic preacher or teacher or simply a magician.

With the destruction of Jerusalem, the original message was diluted and the urbanized, educated Greek-speaking diaspora Jews, immersed in Greek philosophy and Hellenistic Deepak Chopra-ed a new religion.

This is like how American Buddhists are defining a new “scientific” religion by eradicating traces of Hinduism and mystical elements of Buddhism and retaining just mindfulness.

The failed messiah, who did not set out to create Christianity, became the creator of heavens and earth and had nothing to do with the Roman occupation or the fight against it. This Neo-Jesus is the one to whom believers pray every weekend.

jk@ifrc.co.in'
Jayakrishnan Nair blogs about Indian History at Varnam.
  • I don’t think christians would outright accept the views expressed by an Iranian shia muslim Reza Aslan.

    If you need to understand Jesus in simple way then read the following para :
    Jesus is responsible for propagating the notion of eternal damnation in hell which was in turn was totally embraced by islam. he propagated fear of hell.

    So the crimes, atrocities muslims carry out of that very fear of Eternal Abrahamic hell was actually contrived by Jesus.

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  • Dr. MS

    Interesting article, though some of it is outside my in depth knowledge. Having said that what do we do with some Pentecostals who say that the Catholic church itself is a diaboli, representing Lucifer and the Satan himself?They say that when Jesus spoke of the Devil with power and glitter, quoting him to mislead people, it would be very much like the Catholic church now. I was shocked to hear that the Pentecostals consider the Catholic church as a form of AntiChrist

    Is this true?

  • The followers of a blogger who goes by captchewtiyakayil known for his nonsense and linking everything to Rothschild Conspiracy should really understand there is no rothschild conspiracy. He is spreading Anti-Semitism amongst dhimmi Indians.

    here is small list of his nonsense which dhimmis who visit his blogs consume and spout on other comment sections and forums.

    Nehru controlled and dictated USA and Russia because edwina was a rothschild.

    Chitpavan Brahmins are jews.

    Jews are originally from Kerala

    Jesus was a daily visitor to Kerala.

    The muslim prophet Muhammad was from Kerala and spoke Malayalam

    The quran was compiled in Kodangullur mosque of Kerala

    Gandhi and Mohammad Iqbal were brainwashed by their Rothschild handlers in England

    9/11 was engineered by Bush and Jews

    the isis are jews

    denying Holocaust some how helps Indians.

    Rothschilds/Freemansons(its all the same to him) engineered British takeover of India along with famines where millions Indians died. Rothschild Zionist Jews are responsible for everything as if they are some superhumans.

    He is an anti-Vaishnavite who cites everything outside Kerala is Jewish Rothschild Conspiracy. He is now attacking Pandarpur Vittal and calling as chitpavan Brahmins conspiracy. Since for him they are jews, it is also Jewish conspiracy.

    • Sumathi Megavarnam

      Why have you Selectively mentioned his points here…..which have a certain level of ambiguity……what about his other writings which you haven’t mentioned at all…… it shows that either you are not able to counter him or you are just another mudslinger………We have been hearing to Nonsenses all these years which was taught by the Cunning criminal whitemen & which was Carried forward by the Fake Nehru/gandhi ,Commies , Periyars,Ambedkars & other BS Historians & Politicians

      • If he keeps on attacking Vaishnavite traditions and supports the muslim cause then I am gonna abuse that scumbag.

        Any logical person can deduce the blunders committed by the nehru/gandhi, periyar, ambedkar just by reading their biography, Wikipedia articles and knowing their bias along with implications about their implemented policies, you don’t need some blogs to tell you that.

        There were many detractors of nehru and gandhi during their time so captchewtiyakayi drawing a conclusion is no big deal.

        He even calls Koenraad Elst who has exposed many marxist historians’ narratives as a jewish stooge.

        Anyone who doesnt fit his narrative is a jewish stooge. Now I suppose he has started attacking even Swami Vivekananda. This nonsensical stuff he indulges in by shoot and scoot wont be tolerated.

        are you pro-muslim, Because the captchewtiyakayi surely is? If not, why do believe this nonsense of rothschild conspiracy because only the muslims and dhimmis actually do believe this nonsense.

        here is a hint: nehru was anti-Hindu pro-muslim,
        gandhi was Hindu pro-muslim,
        commies are anti-Hindu pro-muslim,
        periyar was anti-Hindu pro-muslim/pro-christian and
        the captchewtiyakayi is also pro-muslim.

        Be critical. dont just blindly believe whatever he peddles.

        Also there is no Rothschild Conspiracy!

        • Sumathi Megavarnam

          I’m critical as always , i have neither supported nor opposed ,because it is for people to analyse , but your views against him are lopsided that’s what is my point …..BTW I’m very open in my views , if you had read my other comments you can understand it….me pro xtian / pislam is something that will never happen

  • Politeindian

    A friend of mine once told me of an incident about an argument with a Christian acquaintance of his. The Christian was denouncing the Hindu practice of cremating the dead, and making a case for burial of dead bodies being the best practice.

    My friend took him on and said, “I believe cremation of dead bodies is the best practice. Had they cremated the “bastard” on Friday evening, the “bastard” would not have resurrected on Monday, and the world would be a much better place today!”

    Needless to mention, the Christian was speechless.

    😀

  • Seel

    Though the story is correct, the end result is the opposite, Rome and Greece pray to Jesus and they don’t care for their Roman Gods, final victory goes to Jesus!

  • Sumathi Megavarnam

    Let the Beggars(Missionaries & Evangelists) come to know about these facts & Come out of their poisoned minds..In reality they are the Worlds stupidest morons for worshipping a non existent imaginary figure…….

    • Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi

      My😊dear❤ sister Sumathi Megavarnam ji, Truth/Dharma is that Jesus/Prajapati/Bhagvan-the-Putr is ALIVE! & talking 2 me & even U now! {thru me} TRUTH: Resurrection of Jesus >> http://www.gotquestions.org/was-Jesus-resurrected.html
      Also do U realize that U yourself R being a missionary/evangelist 4 what U believe. But U R sharing UnTruth/ADharma mixed with some Truth/Dharma. Any1 can say/believe anything they want. That doesn’t automatically make it TRUTH/Dharma, Right? Please don’t forget: SatyaMeve Jayte!
      U know? Bhagvan/Prajapati/Jesus is TRUTH Himself & the ONLY way 2 moksha. Our Vedas &Upanishads confirm C> http://christ-and-india.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&updated-max=2012-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=2

      • Sumathi Megavarnam

        Wish that Lord Shiva give you Sane mind & you recover from your mental illness soon……..once when you recover from your mental illness , advises can be of help to you………..hehehe quoting Vedas for you BS crap stories……..Cant you guys just for once use your brain…..What ever written in the vedas refers to the moron jesus is it???btw stop this inculturations & my very sincere advise dont again fall into the trap of the Bloody whitemen????to whom this country offered help…but those pimps inturn destroyed & killed millions of people in this land……….you should really think for the moment the atrocities our men/women endured to protect this country from those invaders & once again people like you giving it in a platter to those people……………stop SELF LOATHING……………….the Vedas has been here for more than 7000 years , dont shame it by comparing it to an useless moron who didnt even exist at all………………..

        • Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi

          U know? my😊dear❤ sister Sumathi Megavarnam ji, ‘Shiva’ is a sanskrit word 4 ‘The Auspicious/Anointed One’ Which is an attribute/description of Jesus/Prajapati/Bhagvan-the-Putr C> http://www.gotquestions.org/anointed.html4.eg There R people who R named Jesus but that doesn’t make them Jesus/Prajapati/Bhagvan-the-Putr Right? Same with the name “Shiva”. I LOVE❤ lord Shiva but he is not Bhagvan ji. Jesus is King of Kings & Lord of Lords. Jesus/Prajapati is the Lord of lord Shiva 2!
          & “Brain” ? ALL adopted children of Bhagvan like me have the MIND of Christ! See >> https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+2%3A16&version=NIV U 2 can get it!
          Don’t forget Prajapati/Jesus incarnated into human about 2000 years ago, But He always existed & is the UNCREATED Bhagvan-the-Putr!
          Also what about the “whitemen”? I am an adopted SON of Bhagavan ji I work for Bhagvan ji DIRECTLY! 2 share TRUTH! in love❤

          • Shubhangi Raykar

            DO WE LEARN SANSKRIT FROM BEGOTTED FOOLS LIKE YOU. YOU ARE THE ‘OTHER’ WHO HAS FORGOTTEN THE RIGHT PATH. SHIVA IS ADI GOD. WHO ANOINTED HIM ? YOUR CRUEL AND VENGEFUL GOD? FROM BORN DIVINE YOU HAVE ALLOWED YOURSELF TO DESCEND INTO A SHARER OF THE SO CALLED ORIGINAL SIN. THOSE WHO ARE BORN SINFUL CANNOT TEACH WHO ARE BORN DIVINE. GHAR VAPASI WILL DO YOU GOOD.

          • Jishnu

            Sanskrit is a Hindu language, Siva is a Hindu devata, and Jesus is NOT prajapati. Hinduness represents positive side of consciousness and jesus & christianity the dark side.

            Jesus is neither a king nor ruler of the world, he is a preta, a piSAca. And just like an evil ghost haunts, jesus ghost has been haunting the world and kept inciting those possessed by it into genocides, violence, colonizing, enslaving, witchhunting, witchburning, dowry, feudalizing. So it is not surprising you talk like a ghost-possessed man, although it is difficult for you to figure it out. You are possessed after all.

          • Anfauglir

            Specifically, jesusneverexisted com

        • Shubhangi Raykar

          Arthur bla bla bla is a fraudulent disgusting convert preacher who is a stupid in culturist. where does Shiva mean anointed one? Who annoints the svayambhu God? The notion prevails only in Christianity.

          • Sumathi Megavarnam

            Yes , the morons dont know an iota of Shiva , just they keep ranting the half baked info shoved down to their throats ……they are mental slaves who are just being operated just like sleeper cells , these dimwits are just like beggars & prostitutes/ pimps who have no morality at all & surely Hindus must unite to weed out these people for immorally quoting & using the Vedas thereby shaming us & our religion

          • Shubhangi Raykar

            Thanks for the response. We have to unite and go from strength to strength. Shubhangi Raykar

          • Chakradhar Gopal

            But, our indian muslim and xtian brothers are better compared to rest. With the amount of hate fed to their minds on daily basis by padres and imams against hindus, they would have become cannibals by now. Still they have some humanity traits left in them. Be thankful!!

          • Sumathi Megavarnam

            Poison is a Poison always……..there is nothing like good & Bad poison…….We have been thankful enough from the beginning ……only others in spite of everything(all the hatred against us) are not being thankful

          • Jishnu

            They are worse, because the west bears much less hate (it only uses it for inciting others) while Indian missionaries are hate and filth personified.

          • Anfauglir

            Enough with delusional lies. Your Indian christians have genocided the heathens in India’s northeast to ethnically cleanse it of them for jesus, and they are now increasingly terrorising Hindus elsewhere too. It’s just like how your Indian muslims have been genociding and ethnically cleansing Hindus from Kashmir to Kerala and Bengal.

            For example, even the christian BBC was forced to admit the following:

            ‘Church backing Tripura rebels’, Tuesday, 18 April 2000, BBC

            The NLFT is accused of forcing Tripura’s indigenous tribes to become Christians and give up Hindu forms of worship in areas under their control.

            Last year, they issued a ban on the Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja.

            The NLFT manifesto says that they want to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura.

            The above shows the workings of Christian State, CS, the equivalent of Islamic State, IS. More proof that Indian christians like Indian muslims ARE cannibals.

      • Anfauglir

        Many Americans’ testimonials for leaving christianity are collected at ex-christian net.

        Occasionally some Indian ex-christians leave their testimony of apostasy from christianity on that site too. You could be one of them! After all, JesusNeverExisted com, so you’ve clearly been conned by and into christianity. Therefore, join the mass exodus out of christianity! (“Christians are leaving the faith in droves and the trend isn’t slowing down”, Business Insider, Apr 2015)

        Here’s a list of books on Leaving Christianity compiled by American ex-christians that will further help you on your journey out of christianity.

        Also read ex-preacher Dan Barker’s books like “Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist” and “Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists”. They will help you. As will “Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary” (2009) by Kenneth W. Daniels.

        If you need help to quit evangelical/fundy christianity first, before you feel you’re up to kicking your jesus habit entirely, then start with a book like “Leaving The Fold: Testimonies Of Former Fundamentalists” by Edward T. Babinski.

        A couple more recently released books you’ll want to read: on clergy across all denominations leaving christianity:

        1. “Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind” (expanded and updated version released May 2015) by Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola, where:

        “Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola comprehensively and sensitively expose an inconvenient truth that religious institutions face…the phenomenon of clergy who no longer believe what they publicly preach. In confidential interviews, clergy from across the ministerial spectrum—from liberal to literal—reveal how their lives of religious service and study have led them to a truth inimical to their professed beliefs and profession. Although their personal stories are as varied as the denominations they once represented, or continue to represent—whether Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist, Mormon, Pentecostal, or any of numerous others—they give voice not only to their own struggles but also to those who similarly suffer in tender and lonely silence.”

        2. “From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project” by Catherine Dunphy, released July 2015:

        “‘From Apostle to Apostate’ offers a comprehensive introduction to the Clergy Project, established in 2011 to provide a safe space where clergy who have lost their faith can connect with others facing the exact same questions—often alone and in isolation.”

        The ex-christian author of the latter started off as a “devout Catholic seminarian” with a “Jesuit education”, then became “founding member and former executive director of the Clergy Project”.

        (You’re not going to pretend these people don’t know what they’re talking about, right? They were the very kind that converted 3rd world 2nd-hand evangelists like you to the jesus cult. They factually know more and better than you about jesus & christianity.)

        As one American ex-christian explains, only losers in the 3rd world (colonised minds, in other words) would still fall for christianity:

        “all those poor Third Worlders were falling for it [jesus/christianity] because they have even less formal education than Bible Belt trailer trash!”

        So don’t be an Indian christian=cretin: a 3rd world mentality considered more mentally regressive by the west than their own “bible belt trailer trash” and who gets mocked behind your back for being so simple-minded and gullible as to still fall for the jesus con. Also, the fact that christians have to steal Hindu and other religions’ terminology and use it where it absolutely does not apply is more proof of the fraud of christianity. And Hindus would know: those are Hindu terms you are misapplying, so don’t try to pretend Hindus are not the sole experts. (Also, a tip for you: if you insist on selling christianity among a Hindu audience, at least don’t foolishly make it even more obvious that jesus is a manufactured con and that you don’t know anything by using Hindu & other non-christian religious words, since you’re implying that you’re as ignorant about christianity as you clearly are about Hinduism. Nothing screams your fraud louder to the target audience. Can’t you tell?)

        But rather than labouring on in the fraud that is jesus, do what your counterparts in the 1st world are doing: quit christianity too. Perhaps the very missionaries who converted you or your community have already quit it by now. And if they haven’t done so already, they will in time. So many do (example). Therefore, don’t be outdone by western preachers who’ve themselves turned ex-christians. Beat them to ex-christianity if you can, showing you can be less taken in by cons than they can.

        It’s alright, you don’t need to thank me for saving you from the jesus cult (also known as christianity).

        Just don’t forget to recommend all these links and books to your fellow sheeples too. They have a right to know as well, don’t you think?

        Remember: the west is flogging a product among Indians that has been rejected and thus failed in its own backyard. And the only reason they’re flogging that failed product now in India (and all of Asia and Africa) is because they want to plunge us into the Dark Ages that christianism inevitably brings on and which kept Europe in said Dark Ages for over 1.5 millennia. This is why, even as the west is eager to get itself out of christianism, it wants to chain Asia–which has been rising alarmingly–in the quagmire of christianity a.k.a. the vicious cycle of the Dark Ages. The west wants to remain the 1st world forever (in the same way the US wants to be the sole superpower) and keep the rest of the world forever lower in their hierarchy.

        Don’t be one of those 3rd world retards–who are the only kind that fall for christianity. If you’re going to mimic the west, then mimic those who had the sense to opt out of the junkware.

        • Sumathi Megavarnam

          Such a Very well written comment to the Moron/s……..if he is a True Man(rather Man) he should have by now renounced his fake faith

          • Anfauglir

            Next time Arthur or some other evangelist shows up selling the jesus fraud either here or at any other Hindu/nationalist site you frequent, just copy and paste the above comment, embellish it with more facts and latest updates that you find suitable, customise it as necessary (editing out any specifics and adding others) and post away.

            It’s what the comment is for: a ready-made template for Hindus to reuse. And it further contains enough pointers to help Indian converts out of the jesus delusion they were conned into, in case any are sincerely interested in the truth and ready to hear it.

            Also, the books mentioned are all available at Amazon US, and therefore probably at Amazon India too. If you have a twitter account or any other circle of online associates, encourage them all to leave 5 star votes and brief endorsements for each of those books at Amazon India, Flipkart, Landmark and any other online book store. Vote these books to the top and onto the front page (the way Indian and western christians maliciously and with pre-meditation voted Doniger’s book of lies to a top spot in Amazon US without reading it).

            More importantly, at least these books on leaving christianity are truthful and deserve the publicity of upvotes in order to reach the larger audience that they deserve: unlike missionaries’ lies to convert people out of heathen religions and into the jesus con, these ex-christian books rely purely on facts and have thus by means of honesty helped people to decide to leave christianity as well as guiding those already on their journey out of it. They can therefore help more Indian christians dump the jesus fraud too, if given more exposure.

          • Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi

            My 😊Dear❤ Anfauglir ji, U said: “in case any are sincerely interested in the truth and ready to hear it.”
            Prajapati/Bhagvan-thePutr/Jesus is the Eternal-Truth/Sanathan-Dharma Himself & the ONLY way 2 moksha. Our Vedas & Upanishads confirm C> http://christ-and-india.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&updated-max=2012-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=2

          • Anfauglir

            “Our Vedas & Upanishads”
            It is not “our”–it does not belong to you or other christians–it is exclusively Hindu. If you want the Vedas, you have to dump the jesus con and come home to the Hindu Gods.

            Either way, the Vedas have nothing to do with (and do not know of) the very lately-invented, non-existent biblical deity nor the a-historical jesus “christ”. Don’t be one of those christian compulsive liars by pretending christianity has anything to do with Hinduism/the Vedas/the Hindu Gods, unless you insist on everyone dismissing you as being as ignorant about christianity as we know you to be about Hinduism (since Hindus are the sole experts on Hinduism).

            Arthur alleged: “Vedas & Upanishads confirm (some christian concoction or other introducing jesus)”

            You mean, the way your monotheist brothers, the muslims, insist that your bible and its jesus confirm that the koran/mohammed shows the True way and that christians are All Wrong?

            For your edification, I repeat:

            Many Americans’ testimonials for leaving christianity are collected at ex-christian net.

            Occasionally some Indian ex-christians leave their testimony of apostasy from christianity on that site too. You could be one of them! After all, JesusNeverExisted com, so you’ve clearly been conned by and into christianity. Therefore, join the mass exodus out of christianity! (“Christians are leaving the faith in droves and the trend isn’t slowing down”, Business Insider, Apr 2015)

            Here’s a list of books on Leaving Christianity compiled by American ex-christians that will further help you on your journey out of christianity.

            Also read ex-preacher Dan Barker’s books like “Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist” and “Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists”. They will help you. As will “Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary” (2009) by Kenneth W. Daniels.

            If you need help to quit evangelical/fundy christianity first, before you feel you’re up to kicking your jesus habit entirely, then start with a book like “Leaving The Fold: Testimonies Of Former Fundamentalists” by Edward T. Babinski.

            A couple more recently released books you’ll want to read: on clergy across all denominations leaving christianity:

            1. “Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind” (expanded and updated version released May 2015) by Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola, where:

            “Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola comprehensively and sensitively expose an inconvenient truth that religious institutions face…the phenomenon of clergy who no longer believe what they publicly preach. In confidential interviews, clergy from across the ministerial spectrum—from liberal to literal—reveal how their lives of religious service and study have led them to a truth inimical to their professed beliefs and profession. Although their personal stories are as varied as the denominations they once represented, or continue to represent—whether Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist, Mormon, Pentecostal, or any of numerous others—they give voice not only to their own struggles but also to those who similarly suffer in tender and lonely silence.”

            2. “From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project” by Catherine Dunphy, released July 2015:

            “‘From Apostle to Apostate’ offers a comprehensive introduction to the Clergy Project, established in 2011 to provide a safe space where clergy who have lost their faith can connect with others facing the exact same questions—often alone and in isolation.”

            The ex-christian author of the latter started off as a “devout Catholic seminarian” with a “Jesuit education”, then became “founding member and former executive director of the Clergy Project”.

            (You’re not going to pretend these people don’t know what they’re talking about, right? They were the very kind that converted 3rd world 2nd-hand evangelists like you to the jesus cult. They factually know more and better than you about jesus & christianity.)

            As one American ex-christian explains, only losers in the 3rd world (colonised minds, in other words) would still fall for christianity:

            “all those poor Third Worlders were falling for it [jesus/christianity] because they have even less formal education than Bible Belt trailer trash!”

            So don’t be an Indian christian=cretin: a 3rd world mentality considered more mentally regressive by the west than their own “bible belt trailer trash” and who gets mocked behind your back for being so simple-minded and gullible as to still fall for the jesus con. Also, the fact that christians have to steal Hindu and other religions’ terminology and use it where it absolutely does not apply is more proof of the fraud of christianity. And Hindus would know: those are Hindu terms you are misapplying, so don’t try to pretend Hindus are not the sole experts. (Also, a tip for you: if you insist on selling christianity among a Hindu audience, at least don’t foolishly make it even more obvious that jesus is a manufactured con and that you don’t know anything by using Hindu & other non-christian religious words, since you’re implying that you’re as ignorant about christianity as you clearly are about Hinduism. Nothing screams your fraud louder to the target audience. Can’t you tell?)

            But rather than labouring on in the fraud that is jesus, do what your counterparts in the 1st world are doing: quit christianity too. Perhaps the very missionaries who converted you or your community have already quit it by now. And if they haven’t done so already, they will in time. So many do (example). Therefore, don’t be outdone by western preachers who’ve themselves turned ex-christians. Beat them to ex-christianity if you can, showing you can be less taken in by cons than they can.

            It’s alright, you don’t need to thank me for saving you from the jesus cult (also known as christianity).

            Just don’t forget to recommend all these links and books to your fellow sheeples too. They have a right to know as well, don’t you think?

            Remember: the west is flogging a product among Indians that has been rejected and thus failed in its own backyard. And the only reason they’re flogging that failed product now in India (and all of Asia and Africa) is because they want to plunge us into the Dark Ages that christianism inevitably brings on and which kept Europe in said Dark Ages for over 1.5 millennia. This is why, even as the west is eager to get itself out of christianism, it wants to chain Asia–which has been rising alarmingly–in the quagmire of christianity a.k.a. the vicious cycle of the Dark Ages. The west wants to remain the 1st world forever (in the same way the US wants to be the sole superpower) and keep the rest of the world forever lower in their hierarchy.

            Don’t be one of those 3rd world retards–who are the only kind that fall for christianity. If you’re going to mimic the west, then mimic those who had the sense to opt out of the junkware.

        • Shubhangi Raykar

          Writing all this to me is like carrying coals to Newcastle. I am well aware of all this and am dead against the fraudulent religions of the Semite origin.Islam is even worse. Again, I am a hindu, born and brought up as one and will die as a Hindu.

          • Anfauglir

            I didn’t write it to you: I know you’re a Hindu. The comment was written in response to the crazy evangelist Arthur Jacob whatever above, but I wanted you to have the link to the comment so that you can reuse its content whenever an evangelical troll invades the Hindu or nationalist sites you frequent.

          • Anfauglir

            Only one statement of yours do I disagree with:
            “Islam is even worse.”

            I disagree. Christianity is worse by approximately 4 centuries. The two behave identically otherwise: contrary to PR, christianity has not changed except that christians in the west use their 3rd world convert footsoldiers to conduct their genocides, to shield their own christianity (and their own involvement) from accusation:

            – Christian State terrorists, CS, gangrapes and convert-or-genocides heathens in India’s northeast (see BBC news links provided) just as Islamic State terrorists, IS, gangrapes and genocides Yezidis in the Levant.

            – Since 2013 to the present christians have been conducting a large scale genocide of their monotheist brethren the muslims in the Central African Republic: they’ve massacred thousands and ethnically cleansed a million over their specific monotheism. It’s an all out christian genocide of muslims there. It’s as bad as the islamic state, but of course less coverage is given in the western (christian) media, not to speak of the crypto ELM maintaining a studied silence too. See the provided link to SBS Australia news from 2014.

            Christianity in India remains the number 1 facilitator of jihad.
            – As seen in their blitzkrieg to pretend that the Godhra train burning didn’t happen and that the subsequent retaliatory Godhra riots (where Hindus also died in large numbers) were somehow a Hindu “genocide” of muslims.
            – As seen in the crypto ELM suppression of news of the largescale jihad in Bengal.
            – Or the crypto ELM suppression of the news on what really happened in Muzaffarnagar, and their spinning the events in reverse when news did leak out.

            Even in other parts of the world, christianity often supports the jihad against natives and even against eastern orthodox European christians (see media presentation of Uighur and Chechnyan and “Kosovar Albanian” jihadis as “victims”. Not to mention how Rohingya jihadis are branded as “victims” and Burmese Buddhists acting in self-defence and retaliation are branded as the “aggressors”, same as happens on news against Hindus in India. There is more news on the monotheist Syrian “refugees”–refugees from their own monotheism–than news on the actual victims of said monotheism: the Yezidis, who are slowly being pushed to the brink of extinction.)

            And christians more often use crypto-ism to stab Hindus from behind, whereas muslims usually still stab from the front. Christians use inculturation followed by re-interpretation of heathen religions (see Arthur Jacob’s typical nonsense on this page) in order to subsume heathenism into the vile jesus fiction, whereas muslims inculturate relatively less.

            But christianity has about a 4 centuries lead on islam, which is the only difference between the two, besides minor differences in theology. (Though islam is in accord with some early christianities on jesus not being the same as the biblical god and also in agreement with further other early christianities about how jesus did not die from unnatural causes. On the other hand, both christianity and islam are in disagreement with the earliest christianities where jesus was not historical, was not divine and where the “resurrection” fable was not heard of as it wasn’t yet invented at that point.)

          • Shubhangi Raykar

            Perhaps what you say is correct. I have been studying both for the past 8/10 years and for me Christianity poses a greater threat to India from the point of view of demographic changes due to propagation on a very large scale. At the moment the converts do not declare their religion for claiming the reservation benefits.I do not like either of the religions because their concepts of God, hell and heaven are presented as physical facts and one is intimidated into obeying. Individual’s responsibility does not exist which is preeminently present in karmavipak.I am getting tired of the’ Dalit, Muslims and Women’ narrative because it has over stretched itself. It is now reduced to a weapon of Hindu bashing. I fully agree that caste and gender discrimination is bad but efforts have been and are being made to bridge the gap.In fact no wisdom is to be accepted by the religions who not only ill treat their women but accept the religious sanctity for it and no hue and cry is made about it.
            Shubhangi Raykar

          • Anfauglir

            I agree.

            On another note: the very first communication I made to you via disqus (yesterday), have you read that? If not, would you please read it? I’ve made an important request of you, and of some others too.

          • Shubhangi Raykar

            Yes, I have read it.But the ‘secular women’around me are traitors and of no use. THEY HAVE SOLD THEIR SOULS TO THE ‘PSEUDO SECULAR AGENDA’

          • Anfauglir

            Understood. It’s a very sorry state of affairs though.

            When you find the time, if you could read the material at the links marked “one” to “six” in that first comment of mine to you, which concern east Asian American society and foreshadow what is similarly planned for Indians too, then perhaps you can at least try to warn future generations of Hindu-origin Indians (immunise them when they’re young, before psecularism gets them). As you will then have material concerning a third party to provide as supporting data–the situation concerning east Asians who were similarly targeted–more Indians might take note and not dismiss it out of hand.

          • Hipo

            I want to do ‘Purva Paksh’ on Christian and Islam. Can you suggest any books for reading?

          • Anfauglir

            1. christianity
            – You could check the links in my comment further above.

            – And This site (link goes to archived version at Internet Archive) has lots of links and book suggestions. At that link, you can find further links to and excerpts from many of the web sites exposing christianity that have been disbanded since.
            If any links are broken, paste the URL into the “Internet Archive” site and pick an early date.

            2. islam:
            Not a decade back there used to be lots of websites with information and book suggestions, such as “Why I’m not a Muslim” and “Freethought Mecca”. I read up on them back in the day. I think Ali Sina’s FaithFreedom is all that remains. I think Bernard Lewis had an important book and some articles on slavery by/in islam. “Race and Slavery in the Middle East”. A chapter is available here.

          • Hipo

            Thank you very much. I will surely read those.

      • gk

        If somebody is talking to you, beware, it may be some mischievous spirits . May Shiva destroy your ignorance and bad karma. You are a lost atma that has fallen to deception. A failed Jewish messiah is your god ? really ? Bible was created by Roman emperors, Nicean creed which is the foundation of all christian faiths is also created by Roman empire. There is no original sin and no eternal hell. Don’t be misled and mislead others. Roman Catholicism (Roman Universalism) is a cult founded by Roman emperor Constantine to fool his subjects. They even destroyed gospels going against their narrative. Read Gospel of Thomas and know real Gnosticism. Europe lost its culture and identity due to RC and protestantism.

        • Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi

          U know? my 😊Dear❤ gk ji, ‘Shiva’ is a sanskrit word 4 ‘The Auspicious/Anointed One’ Which is an attribute/description of Jesus/Prajapati/Bhagvan-the-Putr C> http://www.gotquestions.org/anointed.html4.eg There R people who R named Jesus but that doesn’t make them Jesus/Prajapati/Bhagvan-the-Putr Right? Same with the name “Shiva”. I LOVE❤ lord Shiva but he is not Bhagvan ji. Jesus is King of Kings & Lord of Lords. Jesus/Prajapati is the Lord of lord Shiva 2!

          • gk

            Shiva means anointed ??May be in your dreams, Anointment/circumcision are Egyptian practises that came into Judaism, again looting other traditions and subsequently destroying them is the forte of certain cults in this planet.
            I can understand why you distort sanskrit, this was tried by the Jesuit Roberto Di Nobili. He claimed bible as fifth veda. Others are claiming St.Thomas created Hinduism. Keep up your distortions, it helps to expose you even better.

        • Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi

          My 😊Dear❤ gk ji, U said: “a lost atma that has fallen to deception”
          Have U ever considered the possibility that, it is U who is presently entrapped in a “Fallness/Superstition/Delusion/Illusion/Maya” of UnTruth & UnBelief in Truth/Bhagvan/Prajapathi ji ?
          The Truth is that I’m already at GHAR with Bhagvan but since U R LOST He sent me with directions 4 UR #GHARWAPSI C> http://mostimportantdecision.blogspot.com/

          • gk

            Dude, your so called Jesus is a fictional character who was rejected by the Jews as their messiah . We don’t need prophets and messiahs, Thank you very much.. By the way, you don’t understand Sanskrit do you ? You cannot twist and distort Hindu Sanskrit terms to legitimize your cult of falsehood. Prajapathi ?? do you know what is Praja ? It is really your call to wake from your delusions.

          • Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi

            My 😊Dear❤ gk ji, U said: “Jesus is a fictional character” How do U know UR above claim is TRUTH? Aren’t U just assuming that is the TRUTH? Think about WHY U R doing it.
            “It is really your call to wake from your delusions.”
            Please consider applying that to UR self my dear brother.
            Bhagvan ji loves us all unconditionally. The very fact that we are physically alive is a indicator of His unconditional love for us. R U not accepting
            sunlight & air from Bhagvan ji? He is our spiritual father who gave us our LIFE!, is sustaining us presently & He Himself paid 4 our sins. Whether you accept/believe it or not the TRUTH/Dharma is that Jesus/Prajapati/Bhagvan-the-Putr >> 100% Bhagvan ji & 100% human & the ONLY human incarnation of Bhagvan ji! He is the ONLY GATEWAY 2 moksha!. Since He is Bhagvan ji & He loves us He willingly sacrificed Himself to take on all the sins of all humanity on Himself to restore his children to Himself, as their sins were separating them from Him. He is Holy/Sinless/Righteous..so all who accept His sacrifice receive His Holiness/Righteousness so that we are restored back to the perfect Communion/Relationship humanity had before we sinned.

          • Jishnu

            “How do U know UR above claim is TRUTH?”

            Claim is his existence, not denying or questioning his existence. So here is another evidence of your deception trying to reverse what claim is and what truth is.

            “Bhagvan ji loves us all unconditionally. The very fact that we are physically alive is a indicator of His unconditional love for us. R U not accepting ”

            That would be, if anything, an indicator of Bhagavan, not a preta like Christ. So your feeding off others’ divinity and misappropriating it for an artifice of aggression like Jesus is another demonstration of deception here.

          • Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi

            “what truth is.”? My 😊Dear❤ Jishnu bhai ji, Bhagvan-the-Putr/Jesus/Prajapati is the TRUTH Himself & the ONLY way 2 moksha. Our Vedas & Upanishads confirm C> http://christ-and-india.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&updated-max=2012-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=2

          • Jishnu

            Another lie, another failed attempt at deceiving. Vedas belong to Hindus, christian plagiarists and predators like you are feeding off them like parasites on one hand and misappropriating those for christian propagation. There is nothing in the world that is more false and deceptive than what you are doing here. Prajapati and Bhagavan are true, jesus is a preta that christian liars are trying to equate to truth.

            So here is another evidence that you are a liar and a fraud.

          • gk

            Prime Creator/Brahman does not suffer. A judge does not have to suffer. If he wants to be merciful, he would waive the punishment, not suffer the punishment himself and threaten the convict that he could only escape punishment if he “believes” in the judge suffering for his sins.
            Using your own argument, a person having a name ‘Jesus’ in middle east two thousand years back does not mean all claims made by a certain religion are true. Its just a name. Do you know what the Roman God Jupiter means ? It is Ju(Iu/Zeus) Piter/Pater i.e Zeus the Father. Do you know what Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar called himself ? Son of God . Do you know why you go to church on Sunday ? It is because a Roman Emperor proclaimed a law to to make Sunday the day of worship of the Sun God in the Roman Empire. What was the name of so called Christianity ? Roman Catholicism i.e Roman Universalism. It is the agenda to globalize a Roman cult. There is nothing original in your beliefs. Who wrote Genesis and what authority/proof did he have ? Do you know your Noah’s story/ Genesis were lifted from the Sumerian story of Atrahasis where the Sumerian God Enki tips one of the humans to build a boat so that he/his family can escape from the flood ? We have Maccha avatara covering the same flood myth.
            The Jewish historian Josephus (1st century AD) claimed that Jews were the Hyksos driven out of Egypt by Ramses II.

      • Jishnu

        Hello Liar.

        1. jesus is NOT prajapati. Jesus is an artifice of aggression, an inciter of genocides. Prajapati-s are counted in the order of creators of the world, the performers of world-ritual. Prajapati-s are many, there is no single son-of-god the way christian liars claim. Prajapati-s, moreover, are not sons of bitches or born out of fraudulent virgin births. Prajapati-s do not get crucified because it is not their death and sacrifice but life and performance that runs the world.

        2. Christians are predators and plagiarists, who stole the myths of resurrection, lamb, cross etc from pagans that they predated upon. They try invoking pagan texts because their own text is one of aggression. They are thieves of the worst kind. Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi is a thief, a liar, a predator, an inciter of genocide.

        3. Truth, dharma are all Hindu virtues and christians are personifications of untruth and adharma. While they, like thieves, try appropriating these words to cheat Hindus, the christian missionaries remain just that: thieves and cheats.

        I can go on listing your fraud and lies, but then there is no limit to the lies and dishonesty of a christian predator, so it suffices to show you out as a liar.

        • Anfauglir

          Jishnu, the dude’s a typical evangelist, a broken tape recorder/spam artist, not to mention inculturationist–he probably gets paid per spam by his western handlers. Don’t defend but attack first. They don’t like it.

          You could copy & paste (and customise and edit at will) this template response, and use it everywhere where you encounter him and all such monotheist trolls.

          Everyone at indiafacts must be aware of christians’ inculturationist lies, so you might not need to waste your time diligently picking apart his lies one by one to expose them for the public here. (Whereas doing so on non-nationalist sites may be useful and necessary.)

          “They are thieves of the worst kind. Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi is a thief, a liar, a predator, an inciter of genocide.”

          In short, he’s a christian. (And it’s why the words “cretin” and “bigot” also derive from christians, being literal synonyms for them.)

          • Jishnu

            Thanks, agree. Will reuse your material as needed.

        • Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi

          My 😊Dear❤ Jishnu bhai ji, I don’t deliberately lie, cheat or hate any1. I love❤ every 1! including U! & share Truth/Dharma of Bhagvan ji in love❤.
          When U love❤ some UnTruth/ADharma & Hang on 2 it TRUTH may seem like “lies” & Vice-Versa. Bhagvan ji 2 U >> “By choosing a foolish lie over God’s truth. They gave their lives and devotion to the creature rather than to the Creator Himself, who is blessed forever and ever. Amen.” “उन्होंने झूठ के साथ परमेश्वर के सत्य का सौदा किया और वे सृष्टि के बनाने वाले को छोड़ कर उसकी बनायी सृष्टि की उपासना सेवा करने लगे। परमेश्वर धन्य है। आमीन।” >> https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1%3A25&version=VOICE;ERV-HI

          • Jishnu

            “I don’t deliberately lie, cheat or hate any”

            That is another lie, and a bigger lie. You lie through your teeth, you hate heathens and you defraud them the way your missionaries have been doing for ages, and your lies on this page are enough evidence.

            Adharma is aprAcya mata, which is xtianity. Dharma is sanAtana so you are outright cheating while trying to misappropriate words like Dharma and Bhagavan for a predatory cult that is against both these in concept and in its track record of eliminating persons who stand for these.

            So here you have the evidence from your own statements your lies and cheating. Your concealed hate for everything dhArmic that you try to present as love is another proof of cheating.

        • Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi

          My 😊Dear❤ Jishnu bhai ji, Prajapati (Sanskrit: प्रजापति (IAST: prajā-pati)) “lord of creatures” Jesus/Prajapati is the Lord of all creation!
          Need more proof from our Vedic texts? See this>>
          https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153009328816708
          & This >> https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153021938471708

          • Jishnu

            So here you present another evidence of your lies and fraud. Prajapati IS lord of creatures. Jesus is a preta that adhArmic christians project as a lord of creation.

          • Shubhangi Raykar

            this man is a .shameless troll and a great sinnestop interacting with him jishnu.r

        • Arthur Jacob Vullamparthi

          😊Dear❤ Jishnu bhai ji, U said: “Prajapati-s are counted in the order of creators of the world” There is only 1 Creator/Prajapathi. Bhagvan ji loves us all unconditionally. The very fact that we are physically alive is a indicator of His unconditional love for us.R U not accepting sunlight & air from Bhagvan ji? He is our spiritual father who gave us our LIFE!, is sustaining us presently & He Himself paid 4 our sins. Whether you accept/believe it or not the TRUTH/Dharma is that Jesus/Prajapati/Bhagvan-the-Putr >> 100% Bhagvan ji & 100% human & the ONLY human incarnation of Bhagvan ji! He is the ONLY GATEWAY 2 moksha!. Since He is Bhagvan ji & He loves us He willingly sacrificed Himself to take on all the sins of all humanity on Himself to restore his children to Himself, as their sins were separating them from Him. He is Holy/Sinless/Righteous..so all who accept His sacrifice receive His Holiness/Righteousness so that we are restored back to the perfect Communion/Relationship humanity had before we sinned.

          • Jishnu

            I understand that preta and piSAca worshippers cannot understand the difference between prajApati and bhagavAn. There I do not attribute to you lies but call out your audacity to try preaching when you know nothing.

            “R U not accepting sunlight & air from Bhagvan ji?”

            Now who are YOU to tell me what deal I have with creator? What legitimate agency do YOU have? You do not. But you pretend to have. This is the evidence of your hegemonic, hateful, predatory, fraudulent cult. So you have already given ample evidence on this page in your multiple comments of your hate concealed as love, your lies, your frauds, your genocidal, predatory cult.

    • PPP

      Please mention some figures except Gautam Buddha & Mahavir Jain who as per history really existed?