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The Jesus Illusion: Finding the Man by Revealing the Myth is a meticulously referenced, in-depth study. Within it, Tony Sunderland seeks the essence of Jesus. Was he Christ the Saviour, the Son of God, and part of the Holy Trinity? There are no contemporary writings attesting to his birth, life, and death. “Jesus of Nazareth” was born in poverty and those who knew him were uneducated. Others had their own political agenda. The earliest recording of Jesus the man was written thirty years after his death and attributed to Mark. His gospel was taken as the basis for Matthew and Luke. John took a different stance. There are questions raised over the method and timing of the crucifixion –and so it goes on. Based entirely on facts, some of them recently discovered, this is a book worth reading.
In The Jesus Illusion, Tony Sunderland questions the accuracy of historical “facts” and the roots of beliefs at the heart of the powerful Catholic Church. For me, and I am an Anglican Christian, he has swept away doubts that nibbled relentlessly at my faith. To state those reservations would let potential readers guess too much without reading the complete book. This is a captivating account of life in many societies over two thousand years ago and how language and customs developed over the centuries, and it does indeed, logically and convincingly, find the man who was Jesus. Tony Sunderland is to be congratulated for making an intellectual subject easy to read and impossible to put down.