5,0 su 5 stelleAn important perspective to consider
DaMeticulous Mattil 9 agosto 2017 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
I was rather skeptical when I started reading this book, since its premise is that Revelation is essentially false prophecy. However, just like all of Fred Harding's other books, it is well-researched and thoroughly thought-out. Harding provides many pieces of evidence and logical arguments against Revelation's authenticity, coming at it from all angles: authorship, theology, history, and more. He establishes a very compelling argument that Revelation is not divinely inspired.
Harding begins by investigating the author of Revelation, John. Harding uses the Bible, ancient Christian sources, and logic to show first that John the Apostle, son of Zebedee and one of the "Sons of Thunder" was not the John who wrote the Gospel and Epistles as commonly believed. The author John proclaimed himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved" in his Gospel and passages such as John 21 support such a view, as Harding explains. This John was John the Elder, not John the Apostle.
Harding then examines John the Elder's writing style in the Gospel and Epistles and compares it to that of Revelation. The former books are written in clean Koine Greek while the latter is rife with misspellings and grammatical errors. Among other pieces of evidence, this leads to the conclusion that the John who wrote Revelation was not John the Elder, nor could he have been John the Apostle.
The remainder of the book is devoted to unmasking the "John" who wrote Revelation, his motives for doing so, and Revelation's contradictions with historical records and even the rest of Scripture. This is fascinating stuff and very well-researched. One thing I wish Harding would have done in this book is provided excerpts from the Egyptian literature that at least one scholar claims influenced Revelation, instead of leaving the reader to research it for himself–but this is only a minor complaint.
This is a gem of a book and Mr. Harding is a great thinker who is not afraid to espouse theories that are out of the box. After writing Harding personally, I know that he advocates thorough study of his works and not mere acceptance of them. This is one that I don't think anyone can ignore, as no single book of the Bible has likely caused so much division within the Church and sowed so much discord as Revelation has. My personal suggestion is to read this book at least twice, then seriously examine Revelation for oneself, taking the rest of Scripture into account.
As another reviewer noted, there are some typos and errors in the book, but none that detract from the content. Even with the typos this is a five-star work that should not be missed.
5,0 su 5 stelleAn Unexpected, Well-Deserved Rebuke of The Revelation as Cannon Scripture
DaR. Wolfeil 11 dicembre 2016 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
This is another of Mr. Harding's meticulously researched and yet quite accessible works. Harding specializes in addressing Biblical, archeological, and other scientific topics that fall into a realm that probably seems at once obscure and arcane to many (or possibly settled and not in need of review) but are in fact polarizing and completely central to the worldview and life-directing philosophy of many others (and completely in need of review or clarification). Often, Mr. Harding directs his efforts at pushing head-on into some topic that others would never dare to approach and from angles that are often unforeseen, bolstering what are often minority or non-mainstream theories or viewpoints with mountainous references, cold logic boldly proclaimed, and multiple reinforcements which are quite convincing and cannot leave the reader with an unambiguous result.
The Apocalypse Deception is no exception to his usual approach. One key aspect of Harding's work is that he always includes copious and quite relevant references which are often now obscure and rarely referenced by the average person but which are respected and well-documented nonetheless. He works from these towards his point or makes a point and explains how he is not the only one who has come this conclusion or that, even though this conclusion is currently ignored. This occurs frequently in this work, with excellent references to early church fathers and their takes on the authorship and meaning of The Revelation. Where and when Harding makes his own assertions, they are well thought-out and completely reasonable in light of his references and, in this case, this piece of ancient writing itself.
In short, if you've ever had doubts about The Revelation, you always should have--and this book will put all the nails in this ancient piece of "scripture"'s coffin and lay it to rest once and for all. Unfortunately, it also brings into question the validity of the early church's ability to choose which ancient works truly merited being official cannon and which were left out. The book of Enoch comes to mind here (another point of focus for Harding in a previous work) as having probably been left out incorrectly. And here, we have The Revelation being included unscrupulously. I know the Eastern Orthodox believe the Holy Spirit directed the early church in choosing the New Testament cannon--that is something I feel I am to accept without real question--but nowhere in any Scripture does it say this will be the case, and, indeed, it turns out not to have been the case.
One thing that I always do appreciate about Harding's works, though they can seem quite unorthodox and be working some non-mainstream angles pretty hard, he always boldly proclaims himself to be a believing Christian who holds fast to the most-key tenets of the faith. Here, his point is The Revelation is actually antithetical to those basic Christian tenets and is an example of the very deceiving spirits spoken of by apostles and Jesus's disciples going to work right away against the early church.
This is an important work. Also, like so many of Harding's books, it dovetails nicely with his other works. He writes from a solid, over-arching schema that allows each of his works to bolster the others. I highly recommend this and other works from this author if you have any interest in the Bible and what is supposedly Bible-inspired doctrine and thought. Recommending a book that has been included in the New Testament for the better part of two millennia be disregarded as heretical may seem to put Harding somewhere outside of mainstream Christianity. However, Harding, to date, has not pushed himself outside the realm of true orthodox Christian thought; he clarifies what it really might need to be.
The book does have some minor typos here or there which do need to be addressed (a paragraph partially, errantly repeated again here or a "their" for a "there" there--that type of thing). Do not let any of these minor issues take away from the great value of this work or detract from its due impact. Only for this reason, would I clarify that my 5-Stars might rather be a 4.5 until he sets these minor issues straight.
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