“So do not be afraid of them [the Pharisees], for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known” (Mat 10:26 NIV)
One misconception readers may have upon reading the title is that this book will be one of many pre-existing ones that will attack Christianity with the sole purpose of discrediting it; however M.S. Nasser does the exact opposite. He encourages or more potently, challenges, the reader to question their faith with the sole purpose of strengthening it. He brilliantly navigates the reader, giving them a well-referenced and thorough understanding of Christianity, its history and the impact it has had on people through the ages. It instructs the reader to restore the biblical texts to their former glory and to awaken their minds to the many interpolations that can be found in the holy texts.
What the writer does well, is to explain high volumes of information without ever coming across condescendingly and he starts from a place that will be attractive for any reader of any level of understanding of Christianity and steers them through, making carefully thought-out points regarding the real purpose of Jesus’ prophethood and how Paul cleverly uses a base understanding to almost create a whole new religion – something which as the writer explains, has been prophesied by Jesus himself. Furthermore, he highlights the hypocrisy found within his actions and the inconsistency of his words which the reader may find confusing as to how people still hold value in him.
This book, in my opinion, is created for people looking to gain a base understanding of Christianity and the impact Paul had on it, and for those Christians who are searching for the answers to some oft unanswered questions. The reader may at first be held back by the size of the book (it is almost 700 pages) but once you begin, it is very hard to put down and you often feel as if you are sat with the writer listening as you go on.