A courageous and reputable minister has come forth in order to share his profound and mind-bending experience with my book Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection. While some may become perplexed by what he has to say, I hope you will join me in congratulating him for having the insight and integrity to make himself known. I am very impressed with his credentials, to say the least - and I can guarantee you that this sort of acknowledgment by a member of the clergy reading my work is only the tip of the iceberg. Thank you, Rev. Dr. Jon Burnham, for being such a gracious and daring leader in your clerical community!
First, some background on me so you know where I'm coming from. I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1994. I have pastored 3 Presbyterian Churches in 3 different states: Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. I am currently pastor of a 300 member Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. I have a B.A, M.A, M.Div., and D.Min. degrees from Presbyterian related universities and seminaries. My studies included required aptitude in the Hebrew and Greek languages.
"...I have found her scholarship, research, knowledge of the original languages, and creative linkages to be breathtaking and highly stimulating."
While I do not agree with every conclusion or suggestion the author makes in this book, I have found her scholarship, research, knowledge of the original languages, and creative linkages to be breathtaking and highly stimulating. Her chapter in this book on the Alexandrian origins of Christianity is worth the price of the book alone. Yet that is only a small portion of what she covers in this massive yet easily readable tome.
After reading this book and pondering the ideas therein, I must say my faith in Christ is stronger than it was before and more nuanced and vibrant. For that gift, as well as the knowledge so freely shared, I am grateful to the author. I highly recommend this book for all Christian ministers and laypersons. It may challenge your faith in a good way and you may come out on the other end with a deeper and more supple faith and a better understanding of the issues and delights of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. That has certainly been my personal experience.
In a word, this is one of the most interesting books I have read in the past 10 years. Make it a point to get your hands on a copy as soon as you can. It is more than worth every penny you pay for it. If you read it with an open mind and heart, you will not be disappointed, of that I am sure.
I have informed Dr. Jon that if he experiences any backlash, he is welcome to be a minister in my International Church of Astrotheology. :)
In the meantime, the chapter the good reverend emphasizes is called "The Alexandrian Roots of Christianity," and it is almost 70 pages long, full of incredible information that the bulk of humanity has never seen put together before. I agree that this chapter alone is worth the price of admission into this wild ride. Here are the subtitles:
The Alexandrian Roots of Christianity
The Hybridizing Emperor?
The Library of Alexandria
Philo of Alexandria
The Hermetic Writings
The Pistis Sophia
Marcion and the Gospel of the Lord
The Gospel of John
The Memphite Theology
Who Wrote John?
On my CIE book page, you will also find a Google Book Search such that you can take a look at this chapter, as well as others. Enjoy!