Reviews - The Great Leap-Fraud, Volume II
A Desperate Cry for a leap into Sanity in the Post-Modern World, Herbert L.
Since the beginning of recorded history, religion has been a concomitant of human development. The story of mankind and the stories of religious faiths have been told in tandem -- sometimes reinforcing each other, but more often than not, contradicting each other. To explain away these inconsistencies, we have been told that the two narratives -- of religious history and the history of human development -- do not overlap. However, the two related domains -- religion and social economics -- do indeed overlap, and do so at every juncture in the historical record.
One way we can be confident that they do overlap everywhere is by "reading back" what we know about socio-economic development "against" the religious history (that is the scriptures) occurring at the same time. When this is done a new kind of clarity and cogency emerges from the narrative of the human record, a narrative about human development and the role that religion has played in it. This cross-validation of history created by reading the two texts against each other is a version that cannot be fudged or revised without there being clear evidence that fraud has occurred. This is just what this author has done.
In two books now, he has meticulously juxtaposed the two narratives across time - scriptures versus socio-economic history -- especially during the second through the fifth centuries when so much was going on in the religious as well as in the political world. When he does this, a new cleaner, more coherent, more logical, more parsimonious but also a more disturbing picture emerges. One that is dominated on the religious side by fraud, plagiarism, stolen texts and every conceivable means of deception that clearly point to the fact they the manipulation is being put to a single purpose? What indeed is this purpose that would cause holy men to lie, cheat, steal, distort and so badly mutilate the religious and historical record of humankind?
As the dust settled in the aftermath of the fall of the Roman Empire, one of the most active and fertile periods of Western religious development, we find out what it is. We see the clear outlines of a hidden hand, of a grand manipulator, busy moving the religious pieces around the chessboard from one place to another. From the sacking of the temple during the first century, there is an unmistakable grand strategy in progress that coincides with the movements about the global chessboard in tandem with the movements and development of the Jewish Diaspora. At each point in this multi-generational progression, the development of proto-religious sects and organizations all mysteriously spring up on the landscape to support only one strategic interest: to redeem Israel and return the Jews to Jerusalem? How can this be so?
The author makes clear that the storyline following these historical details provides such a firm anchor to the narrative of Western culture that it will not yield to objections like the one I first felt when I initially recoiled at what seemed so "politically incorrect:" The narrative seemed to reinforced all of the worse stereotypes about Jews being the grand manipulators of religious and Western history and culture? However, once one relaxes, it cannot be denied that the facts revealed here in this book, when reading back the biblical texts against the cultural record, that it also follows that they justify why the three primary faith systems have the word "Judeo" prefixed to their names.
Thus this analysis forces one to confront head-on the question of: is it anti-Semitic to point out the obvious trajectory of the historical record of Western religious development? That the invention of the three primary religions (or faith systems), were but a direct fallout of the long-running conflict between Jews and the Roman Empire? Those who suggest that it is anti-Semitic to do so, are then forced to deal with the consequences of Mr. Deus' analysis here, which while holding to a very high standard of scholarship, suggests that it is not anti-Semitic to do so at all. Not only does he prove that this version of history is much truer and more coherent than that provided by biblical versions alone, but also that the subtext of the development of Western culture mainly confirms this fact.
But that is only the gravy of this book, one of its many "back stories." Determining what is and what is not anti-Semitic is not what this book is really about. The main menu item is taken from a much larger frame: that of how religion, in defense of its own narrow, parochial, and theological interests, will undermine and subvert the rest of humanity to achieve its often illicit, immoral and always greedy causes and interests. This book attempts to prove that the pursuit of power and greed under the guise of religious piety is undoubtedly the world's greatest evil. And no matter how it came about -- as a result of Jewish grand manipulations or otherwise -- religions on balance have been and continue to be a net negative and drag on the development of humanity.
Professor Deus uses his considerable skills as a Socio-economist and a reassessment of tons of primary records from the first century up through the Reformation to show that the violence, hatred, and terrorism that we see today, especially between the three primary faith systems is simply the fruit of religious ideological madness "gone critical." In the end this is but a 800-page essay calling for controls to be placed on the exercise of the harmful effects of religion. It is a desperate cry in the wilderness that needs to be heard in our post-modern times. Even though I am no biblical scholar, I know that this author has done his homework.Ten stars!
If one is asked to summarize this book, I would say that A. J. Deus is probably the Aristarchus of the twenty first century; this book is a major challenge to the commonly accepted wisdom of the time, it contains revolutionary ideas and thoughts which could shake the whole foundation of the history and reality of religion.
It is fair to say that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, but the author has collected huge amount of material which could indeed support such a radical position, and thus this book is ideal for any person who feels that there is something wrong about our knowledge of the past and present.
Regardless to how much one could agree or disagree with this radical view, but going through the pages of this book would take the reader into a very informative and fascinating journey, which would vastly expand knowledge and wisdom.
Personally, I do agree with most (If not all) of what is presented here.
Standing atop the Dais of religious piety, Deus cogently identifies the backwater of the Judeo-Christian prototype as experienced through the lens of a postmodernist juncture, thereby witnessing the historicity of the colluding sects as ultimately fruitless promulgations of some obscure divine pretext: indeed, what Deus attempts is without doubt a revitalization of a whole calendar of religious patronage, and entirely within the scope of the peripatetic horse-twaddle only borne of religious disinformation and cultural mismanagement. The socio-economic implications are apparent and striking, and with a precision granted only to the kindliest research, Deus articulates the fraud and flimflam of the historical runnings native to Islam and its Judeo-Christian counterparts. Inherent plagiarisms form the gamut of Deus's investigations into the paleontology of his historical blunderings, and where there is chaos in the text there is also lucidity and effervescent brilliance; as with the first volume, Deus penetrates into something so intrinsically deep that it all appears as a solipsistic argument into the surreal: in short, this is a central description of the epicanthical backward-view of modernist religious architecture.