Introduction to Unveiling Christianity
Our primary purpose behind Beawake.com is science-based awakening and helping people discover their innate spiritual ability and potential for spiritual awakening. Unveiling Christianity will help Christians who love and believe in Jesus and his teachings of love and forgiveness. Unveiling Christianity will help those to understand that much of Christian dogma is untrue, and is actually in direct opposition to Jesus’ teachings.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John, chapter 4:8
The Christian religion has impacted a significant portion of humanity for well over fifteen hundred years. The majority of Christians are Christians because of their parents’ influence. Christian dogma is unquestioned by most Christians due to their parents’ influence and because the dogma has been so prevalent in our culture—so many people believe it’s true, so it must be true. However, much of it is just not true. Churches have long ignored the truth that God’s Spirit dwells within every one of us, despite clear statements in the gospels affirming our divine nature… Click here for more…
How could God, who is eternal—without beginning or end, have an origin? Here we consider God historically, as having arisen from among a group of ancient deities. In this chapter, we discuss Christianity’s place among the major religions of today’s world and several aspects of the origin of the Christian conception of God. The sections are as follows:
- Religion in the Modern World
- Origins of Religion
- Yahweh and Associated Deities
- Countless Deities and Demons
- Who Represents the One True God?
- God as Love
Critical Research on the Bible
Reincarnation Revealed in the Bible
Kingpins of Christianity
The Delusion of Satan
History of Heaven and Hell
Christianity: Religion of Fear and Hope
Healing from Toxic Theology
U.S. Christianity Today
Jesus without Dogma
Reference Sources for Unveiling Christianity
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Thomas Romer is the Professor of the Hebrew Bible at the College de France and a professor at the University of Lausanne.
Video: Yhwh, a God of the Wilderness: A Biblical and Extrabiblical Investigation
Smith, Mark S.
The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel, Second Edition
by Mark S. Smith, 243 pages (2002)
Dever, William G.
What Did the Biblical Writers Know and When Did They Know It? What Archaeology Can Tell Us about the Reality of Ancient Israel
by William Dever, 313 pages (2001)
William G. Dever is a professor emeritus of Near Eastern archaeology and anthropology at the University of Arizona, a leading expert in his field.
Video: Prof. William G. Dever
Finkelstein, Israel and Silberman, Neil Asher
The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of its Sacred Texts
by Professor Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman, 385 pages (2001)
A History of God: The 4000 – Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
by Karen Armstrong, 459 pages (1993)
Karen Armstrong is a New York Times bestselling author who has written over two dozen books and who is known for her books on comparative religion. Among her many achievements and honors are an appointment to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and a Fellowship to the Royal Society of Literature.
Video: Karen Armstrong: 2008 TED Prize wish: Charter for Compassion
Freke, Timothy and Gandy
Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians
by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, 336 pages (2002)
The Jesus Mysteries: Was the “Original Jesus” a Pagan God?
by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, 368 pages (2001)
Timothy Freke is a best-selling author of more than twenty books and is an authority on world spirituality.
Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity
by James O’Donnell, 288 pages (2016)
When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity During the Last Days of Rome
by Richard Rubenstein, 288 pages (2000)
This book was one of three finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.
Video: The Evolution of God | Robert Wright | Talks at Google
Dead Sea Scrolls
Vermes, Geza, (Translator)
The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English: Seventh Edition (Penguin Classics)
Translated by Geza Vermes, 698 pages (2012)
Ehrman, Bart D.
Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
by Bart Ehrman, 307 pages (2011)
God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer
by Bart Ehrman, 294 pages (2008)
Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior
by Bart Ehrman, 326 pages (2016)
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths that We Never Knew
by Bart Ehrman, 294 pages (2003)
The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World
by Bart Ehrman, 335 pages (2018)
MacMullen, Ramsay, Ph.D
Dr. Ramsay MacMullen has authored over a dozen books.
Pagels, Elaine, Ph.D.
The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
by Elaine Pagels, 214 pages (1995)
Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelations
by Elaine Pagels, 244 pages (2012)
Dr. Elaine Pagels in an American historian of early Christianity and author of New York Times bestselling books. She and her books have received many prestigious awards. She is the Huntington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University.
Pryse, James Morgan
James Morgan Pryse was a publisher, author, and a theosophist who published several books on religion in the 1900s.
Spong, John Shelby
The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love
by John Shelby Spong, 315 pages (2005)
Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture
by John Shelby Spong, 267 pages (1991)
John Shelby Spong is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church serving from 1979 to 2000. This liberal theologian and New York Times bestselling author has written over two dozen books on Christianity. He has received many awards, including the 1999 Humanist of the Year.
Wilken, Robert Lewis, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Lewis Wilken is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. He is past president of the American Academy of Religion and author of ten books about Christianity.
Friedman, Richard Elliott
Richard Elliott Friedman is a biblical scholar, author of multiple books, and winner of numerous awards and honors.
Video: Who Actually Wrote the Bible and What is the Origin?! 
History of Christianity
De Rosa, Pete
Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy
by Peter De Rosa, 484 pages (2000)
The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason
by Charles Freeman, 432 pages (2002)
Gonzales, Justo L., Ph.D.
The Story of Christianity, Volume I: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation
by Justo L. Gonzales, Ph.D., 510 pages (2010)
The Story of Christianity, Volume II: The Reformation to the Present Day
by Justo L. Gonzales, Ph.D., 550 pages (2010)
Diarmaid MacCulloch holds a Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of Oxford. He and his books have garnered many awards.
The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
by Catherine Nixey, 315 pages (2017)
Named Book of the Year by The Telegraph, The Spectator, The Observer and BBC History Magazine
Video: Darkening Age : The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
Shelley, Bruce L., Ph.D.
Metzger, Bruce M. (Translator)
Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Edition (NRSV) with Apocrypha
Translator Bruce M. Metzger and by NRSV Bible Translation Committee, 1,600 pages (1989)
This edition of the Holy Bible is most commonly preferred by biblical scholars today.
Meyer, Marvin W. (Editor)
The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts
Edited by Marvin W. Meyer, 844 pages (2009)
This is the English-language edition of the library of Gnostic manuscripts which were discovered in Egypt in 1945. Among the many Gnostic gospels and sacred texts is the Gospel of Thomas, which consists of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus.
Augustine of Hippo
The City of God
By Saint Augustine of Hippo – Illustrated, 1,184 pages (426, 2003)
Penguin Classics edition
Puryear, Herbert Bruce , Ph.D.
Why Jesus Taught Reincarnation: A Better News Gospel
by Herbert Bruce Puryear, Ph.D., 262 pages (1992)
Spong, John Shelby
Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell
by John Shelby Spong, 268 pages (2009)
Trends in Christianity
Balmer, Randall, Ph.D.
Barr, Beth Allison, Ph.D.
The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth
by Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., 245 pages (2021)
Chris Hedges authored multiple books and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 as a reporter at the New York Times.
Video: A Conversation with Chris Hedges: Corporate Totalitarianism
Kruse, Kevin M., Ph.D.
One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America
by Kevin M. Kruse, Ph.D., 352 pages (2015)
Dr. Kevin Kruse is an award-winning author.
Video: Kevin Kruse on “One Nation Under God”
MacLean, Nancy, Ph.D.
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
By Nancy MacLean, Ph.D., 334 pages (2017)
Dr. Nancy MacLean is an award-winning author.
Video: Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains
Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right
by Anne Nelson, 394 pages (2019)
Anne Nelson has won multiple awards for her journalism, books and research.
Video: Anne Nelson: Inside the Radical Right’s Shadow Network
Seidel, Andrew L.
The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism
by Katherine Stewart, 342 pages (2019)