No Book Has Divine Authority
By Michael Roll
Bin Laden, the Taliban and the rest of their grisly gang positively adore Christians, Jews, moderate Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and Spiritualists compared to the hate that they have for secularists - those who have no religion.
The Manhattan tragedy has awoken a huge sleeping tiger in the shape of the silent majority throughout the world who would rather die than grovel before priests and so-called holy men.
Maybe, just maybe, some good will eventually come out of this suffering. Perhaps people all over the world will begin to realise just how badly they have been deceived by their leaders and teachers. A good start would be for every freedom-loving person to openly back the former Bishop of Durham - Dr. David Jenkins. He came under a vitriolic attack for daring to make it clear that no book has divine authority.
Claiming that a book has divine authority is the most dangerous hoax of all. It's exactly the same as me writing a book and claiming it to be the word of God - the creator of the universe no less. And then millions actually believing me for generation after generation. A Spiritualist has recently been advertising his book in the Psychic News, 'My Conversations With Jesus Christ (God)'. He sent me part of his manuscript. It started, "Hello Alan, God here." Very funny if it was not so tragic. The great Scottish philosopher Arthur Findlay chose a very good title for his suppressed history of mankind, 'The Curse of Ignorance'.
At last intellectuals and academics have started to tell the truth. If they had done this in 1794 when Thomas Paine wrote 'The Age of Reason' then the Twin Towers would still be standing.
On 18th September 2001 Jeremy Paxman on BBC 2 Newsnight told the truth about the brainwashed savages that are known as the Crusaders. Nothing like this has ever happened before in Great Britain where the Church and state are still established. I was not the only one who was knocked for six when the born-again Christian President of the USA called for a "crusade"! The next day the Taliban called for a Holy War.
Jeremy Paxman interviewed an American professor who said, "For the President to use the word crusade was a massive mistake."
"Of all the tyrannies that afflict mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst. Every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in, but this attempts a stride beyond the grave and seeks to pursue us into eternity." - Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Related material on this site:
The Most Valuable Englishman Ever - Michael Roll's article about Thomas Paine (1736-1809)
This outstanding tribute to Thomas Paine - "The Most Valuable Englishman Ever" - is taken from Arthur Findlay's suppressed history of humanity, "The Curse of Ignorance".
The Curse of Ignorance by Arthur Findlay (1947), published in two volumes, and details of some of Findlay's other works.
This is the true history of mankind, totally different to the pack of lies taught in a country where the Church and state are established. This passage sums up just how badly the British people have been deceived:
"Such, however, is still [the Church's] influence that this book, which tells the story of the past honestly and fearlessly, will be kept out of our schools and universities by the authorities, and consequently, only in later life will those with enquiring minds discover the truth."
Findlay finishes with a call to the people of the world to throw off the shackles of priestcraft, to make a choice between two paths:
"One is the Secular way (non religious) and the other is the Theological (religious); one is the Democratic and the other the Despotic; one is the sane and the other the insane."
Christ will not return, says Dr Jenkins - an article published in The Daily Telegraph (December 14, 1993)
Open Letter to Billy Graham - Victor Zammit (May 29, 2004)
Wayward Christian Soldiers - by Charles Marsh (January 20, 2006)
Recently, I took a few days to reread the war sermons delivered
by influential evangelical ministers during the lead up to the Iraq war. That
period, from the fall of 2002 through the spring of 2003, is not one I will
remember fondly. Many of the most respected voices in American evangelical
circles blessed the president's war plans, even when doing so required them
to recast Christian doctrine.
What will it take for evangelicals in the United
States to recognize our mistaken loyalty? We have increasingly isolated ourselves
from the shared faith of the global Church, and there is no denying that
our Faustian bargain for access and power has undermined the credibility
of our moral and evangelistic witness in the world. The Hebrew prophets might
call us to repentance, but repentance is a tough demand for a people utterly
convinced of their righteousness.
Related material on other sites:
Bush says God chose him to lead his nation - The Observer (November 2, 2003)
"President George W. Bush stood before a cheering crowd at a Dallas Christian youth centre last week, and told them about being 'born again' as a Christian.
'If you change their heart, then they change their behaviour. I know,' he said, referring to his own conversion, which led to him giving up drinking.
Behind Bush were two banners. 'King of Kings', proclaimed one. 'Lord of Lords', said the other. The symbolism of how fervent Christianity has become deeply entwined with the most powerful man on the planet could not have been stronger.
Few US Presidents have been as openly religious as Bush. Now a new book has lifted the lid on how deep those Christian convictions run. It will stir up controversy at a time when the administration is keen to portray its 'war on terror' as non-religious."