New Book Takes a Hard Look at Popular Religious Ideas

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Author John Winsor pairs meticulous research with Bible passages to debunk Christian notions.

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BBC recently reported on the death of writer Christopher Hitchens in their article “Christopher Hitchens dies at 62 after suffering cancer.” A portion of the article reads, “…he happily took on the role of the country's best-known atheist.” John Winsor, also an atheist, carries on the torch of a rationally-based argument against conventional Christian beliefs with his new book, “What Your Preacher Didn’t Tell You: That You Really Ought to Know” (published by iUniverse).

With “What Your Preacher Didn’t Tell You” Winsor presents readers with evidence that modern Christian dogma directly, and strongly, contradicts what Jesus actually believed. He furthers his claims, compiling evidence against religion in general and submitting an argument against allowing religion to continue to influence American political discourse.

This is a book that Winsor felt morally compelled to write. As he says, “Because of the current influence of religion on American politics, I felt obligated to present evidence against the legitimacy of modern Christianity.”

Because “What Your Preacher Didn’t Tell You” deals with what Winsor calls “the confrontation of religion and rational thought in modern American politics,” he sees his book as unlike any other. As he explains, “Most books that deal with religion fall into three categories: 1) those by televangelists who are trying to drum up more followers (to increase their income), 2) religious ‘fruitcakes’ who assert that the ‘end times’ are approaching, or 3) historians who deal with very specific minutiae of Biblical history.”

About the Author
As a nonbeliever, John Winsor has studied the Bible to discover its meaning without relying on preconceived notions. He uses recent historical research on the subject along with text from the Bible itself to weigh the evidence with emphasis on clarity and critical thinking. He lives in Virginia.

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