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Behind the Myths

This book adopts a Marxist, that is a materialist, view of human development, so it takes as its starting point the idea that gods, angels, miracles, and other supernatural phenomena do not exist in the real world and therefore cannot be ...

Author : John Pickard

Release : 2013-02-26

Publisher : AuthorHouse

ISBN : 1481783637

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There has never been a more important time for a study of the social, economic, and political origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the three important world religions that share a common root. This book adopts a Marxist, that is a materialist, view of human development, so it takes as its starting point the idea that gods, angels, miracles, and other supernatural phenomena do not exist in the real world and therefore cannot be taken as explanations for the origin and rise of these faiths. It looks instead at the material conditions at appropriate periods in antiquity and the social and economic forces that were at work, to outline the real foundations of these three doctrines. In doing so, it challenges the historicity of key figures like Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed. This is a unique book that draws on the research, knowledge, and expertise of hundreds of historians, archaeologists, and scholars to create a new synthesis that is both coherent and completely based on a materialist world outlook. It is a book written by an unbeliever for other unbelievers as a contribution to a discussion among atheists and secularists as to the real origins of the so-called Abramic faiths. It will be a revelatory read, even to those already firmly of an atheist or secularist persuasion, underpinning their nonreligious views, and it will provide a valuable resource for all those who might be coming to question the hold that organized religion has had on human society.

Great Mythconceptions

Presents a collection of facts and discovers about some of science's greatest myths.

Author : Karl Kruszelnicki

Release : 2006-08

Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN : 9780740753640

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Presents a collection of facts and discovers about some of science's greatest myths.

Kruger's War

'Kruger's War' tells the truth of the Boer War - the side which the Apartheid regime's propaganda machine did not want you to hear.

Author : Chris Ash

Release : 2017-06-19

Publisher : 30 Degrees South Publishers

ISBN : 9781928211990

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'The South African Flag shall yet wave from Table Bay to the Zambezi, be that end accomplished by blood or by ink. If blood it is to be, we shall not lack men to spill it' Rev S J Du Toit, one of the founding fathers of the Afrikaner Bond, speaking in 1884 In October 1899, tens of thousands of Boer horsemen poured over their borders, sparking the Boer War by invading the British territories of Natal, Cape Colony, Bechuanaland and Rhodesia. The long hoped for, and openly stated, aim was to drive the British from Southern Africa. Overwhelming the outnumbered and unprepared colonial garrisons, the invaders pushed forwards, annexing the land they grabbed, looting villages and farms, renaming towns and introducing their racist laws. Over a century of propaganda - first by frikaner nationalists, then by the Apartheid regime and now even by the ANC government - has reinvented these invasions, styling Kruger's republic as the innocent victim of British aggression, desperate only to preserve their independence. Released in 2014, 'Kruger Kommandos & Kak' exploded onto the scene to shatter these and many other long-cherished myths of the Boer War. This updated and greatly expanded edition builds on this, and will prompt the intelligent and open-minded reader to reevaluate everything he thought he knew about the conflict. Uncomfortable reading for some, 'Kruger's War' tells the truth of the Boer War - the side which the Apartheid regime's propaganda machine did not want you to hear. 'The book serves as timely warning for all Afrikaners to learn from their torturous past' Maartin Mittner, Business Day (Review of the First Edition)

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Author : Bill Nicol

Release : 1989

Publisher :

ISBN : 9780642129925

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The Facts Behind the Myths

This book dispels that myth by providing a logical, non-denominational summary flowing from creation, to the fall of mankind, to the redemption we have in Jesus Christ, and finally to death and resurrection.

Author : Todd Taylor

Release : 2006-08

Publisher :

ISBN : 9781424126415

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For years the myth has persisted that in order to believe in God and Jesus Christ, one has to give up logic and reason. This book dispels that myth by providing a logical, non-denominational summary flowing from creation, to the fall of mankind, to the redemption we have in Jesus Christ, and finally to death and resurrection. It provides reasonable answers to such age-old questions as: How old is the earth? Where are the dinosaurs in the Bible? What was the original sin and its consequences? Where did Cain get his wife? The difference between misunderstood concepts like the soul and spirit and the body and the bride. What is baptism? Who is Jesus? How did he fulfill prophecy? What does it mean to be born-again? And where do we go when we die? A must-read for anyone struggling with these questions and how these concepts tie together.

Arthur and the Kings of Britain

A fresh look at the text which introduced for the first time some of the key figures in British myth and legend.

Author : Miles Russell

Release : 2018-06-15

Publisher :

ISBN : 9781445682822

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Written in 1136 by Geoffrey of Monmouth, the Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain) purported to chronicle the British monarchy from the arrival of the Trojan Brutus, grandson of Aeneas, through to the seventh century AD. The Historia was a medieval best-seller, and copies spread across the whole of western Europe. It was the first work to outline the story of King Arthur.The Historia has long been dismissed as an unreliable piece of medieval propaganda. A new examination of the text, however, shows that it is very much more than that. Miles Russell explains how individual elements can be traced back to the first century BC, a time when Britain was making first contact with Rome. Geoffrey of Monmouth's skill was to weave these early traditions together with material culled from post-Roman sources in order to create a national epic. In doing so, he also created King Arthur, a composite character whose real origins and context are explained here.This important work establishes Geoffrey of Monmouth as no mere peddler of historical fiction, but as the man who preserved the earliest foundation myths of Britain. It is time to re-evaluate the Historia Regum Britanniaeand shine a new light into the so-called 'Dark Ages'.

The Crimean War

In this fascinating book, Clive Ponting separates the myths from the reality, and tells the true story of the heroism of the ordinary soldiers, often through eye-witness accounts of the men who fought and those who survived the terrible ...

Author : Clive Ponting

Release : 2011-02-15

Publisher : Random House

ISBN : 1407093118

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The Crimean War is full of resonance - not least, the Charge of the Light Brigade, the Siege of Sevastopol and Florence Nightingale at Scutari with her lamp. In this fascinating book, Clive Ponting separates the myths from the reality, and tells the true story of the heroism of the ordinary soldiers, often through eye-witness accounts of the men who fought and those who survived the terrible winter of 1854-55. To contemporaries, it was 'The Great War with Russia' - fought not only in the Black Sea and the Crimea but in the Baltic, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Caucasus. Ironically, Britain's allies were France, her traditional enemy, ably commanded (from home) by Napoleon III himself, and the Muslim Ottoman Empire, widely seen as an infidel corrupt power. It was the first of the 'modern' wars, using rifles, artillery, trench systems, steam battleships, telegraph and railways; yet the British soldiers wore their old highly coloured uniforms and took part in their last cavalry charge in Europe. There were over 650,000 casualties. Britain was unable fully to deploy her greatest strength, her Navy, while her Army was led by incompetent aristocrats. The views of ordinary soldiers about Raglan, Cardigan and Lucan make painful reading.

Abraham Lincoln

“There is no better introduction to current thinking about Lincoln and his place in history.” —Newsday An essential book for any student of Lincoln and American history, Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths is acclaimed Lincoln ...

Author : Stephen B. Oates

Release : 2009-10-13

Publisher : Harper Collins

ISBN : 9780061865916

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“There is no better introduction to current thinking about Lincoln and his place in history.” —Newsday An essential book for any student of Lincoln and American history, Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths is acclaimed Lincoln biographer Stephen B. Oates's unique exploration of America's sixteenth president in reality and memory. In this multifaceted portrait, Oates, "the most popular historical interpreter of Lincoln" (Gabor S. Boritt, New York Times Book Review), exposes the human side of the great and tragic president—including his depression, his difficulties with love, and his troubled and troubling attitudes about slavery—while also confronting the many legends that have arisen around "Honest Abe." Oates throughout raises timely questions about what the Lincoln mythos reveals about the American people.

Opus dei

Author : Maggy Whitehouse

Release : 2006

Publisher :

ISBN : 9780681355842

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Napoleon: The Man Behind the Myth

The first writer in English to go back to the original European sources, Adam Zamoyski’s portrait of Napoleon is historical biography at its finest.

Author : Adam Zamoyski

Release : 2018-10-18

Publisher : HarperCollins UK

ISBN : 0008116083

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‘Napoleon is an out-and-out masterpiece and a joy to read’ Sir Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad A landmark new biography that presents the man behind the many myths. The first writer in English to go back to the original European sources, Adam Zamoyski’s portrait of Napoleon is historical biography at its finest.

Because I Said So!

Draws on medical case histories, scientific findings, and personal research by the author to separate myth from fact and debunk a vast array of parental edicts.

Author : Ken Jennings

Release : 2013-10-08

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

ISBN : 1476706964

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Draws on medical case histories, scientific findings, and personal research by the author to separate myth from fact and debunk a vast array of parental edicts.

Opus Dei

For years, Opus Dei has been the subject of conspiracy theories and dark, uninformed speculation. Opus Dei sets the record straight.

Author : John L. Allen, Jr.

Release : 2005-11-01

Publisher : Image

ISBN : 0385516878

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The first serious journalistic investigation of the highly secretive, controversial organization Opus Dei provides unique insight about the wild rumors surrounding it and discloses its significant influence in the Vatican and on the politics of the Catholic Church. Opus Dei (literally “the work of God”) is an international association of Catholics often labeled as conservative who seek personal Christian perfection and strive to implement Christian ideals in their jobs and in society as a whole. Founded in Spain in 1928, it now has 84,000 members (1,600 of whom are priests) in eighty countries. But far from running bingo nights at local parishes, Opus Dei has become a center of controversy and suspicion both within and outside the Church. It has been accused of promoting a right-wing political agenda and of cultlike practices, aggressive recruiting, brainwashing new recruits, and isolating members from their families. Its notoriety escalated with the publication of the runaway bestseller The Da Vinci Code (Opus Dei plays an important and sinister role in the novel) and with the previous pope’s much-debated canonization of its founder (often linked with Francisco Franco’s facist regime) and the discovery that convicted FBI spy Robert Hanson was a member of Opus Dei. With the expert eye of a longtime trusted observer of the Vatican and the skill of an investigative reporter intent on uncovering closely guarded secrets, John Allen finally separates the myths from the facts in Opus Dei. Granted unlimited access to the prelate who heads the organization and to Opus Dei centers throughout the world, Allen draws on a wealth of interviews with current members, as well as with highly critical ex-members, to create an unprecedented portrait of the activities, practices, and intentions behind its veil of secrecy. Allen reveals the remarkable power that Opus Dei commands in shaping Vatican policy and presents a detailed look at the full extent of its network, which includes people in key positions in politics, banking, academia, and other influential arenas. He even describes the arcane rituals—including self-flagellation—performed to preserve and promote a spiritual tradition strange and unsettling to modern sensibilities. For years, Opus Dei has been the subject of conspiracy theories and dark, uninformed speculation. Opus Dei sets the record straight.

Urban Legends

From campfire classics to the paranoia that followed the events of 9/11, this compelling book takes us through hundreds of chilling stories, including how urban legends were used in The Blair Witch Project as a clever marketing tool, and ...

Author : Mark Barber

Release : 2007

Publisher : Wakefield Press

ISBN : 9781862547506

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Are urban legends no more than harmless tales of modern folklore, or is there something more sinister lurking beneath the surface? URBAN LEGENDS UNCOVERED investigates to reveal the truth behind the legends. From campfire classics to the paranoia that followed the events of 9/11, this compelling book takes us through hundreds of chilling stories, including how urban legends were used in The Blair Witch Project as a clever marketing tool, and how Churchill and Hitler used them in their wartime propaganda campaigns. How and why do urban legends exist? Have they been created or manipulated for political, propaganda, or marketing reasons? Don't let a good story stand in the way of the truth!

Hunting Monsters

This entertaining book looks at the evidence of these mysterious monsters and others and explores what they might really be (if they exist at all), why they have been represented as they have and the development of cryptozoology and how it ...

Author : Darren Naish

Release : 2016-01-26

Publisher : Arcturus Publishing

ISBN : 1784281913

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The Loch Ness Monster, bigfoot and the yeti have long held a fascination for people the world over. Debates about their actual existence or what they might really be have continued for decades, if not centuries. Known also as cryptids, they have spawned a body of research known as cryptozoology. This entertaining book looks at the evidence of these mysterious monsters and others and explores what they might really be (if they exist at all), why they have been represented as they have and the development of cryptozoology and how it has collected data to discover more about these unknown creatures.

We Need New Stories

These are some of the questions at the centre of Nesrine Malik's radical and compelling analysis that challenges us to find new narrators whose stories can fill the void and unite us behind a shared vision.

Author : Nesrine Malik

Release : 2019-09-05

Publisher : Hachette UK

ISBN : 1474610439

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'Nesrine Malik writes with urgent eloquence about the world we live in, applying her brilliant mind to some of the most important debates of our age. She's right: we do need new stories. Most of all though, we need this book' Elizabeth Day 'A powerful and persuasive debunking exercise' GUARDIAN It is becoming clear that the old frames of reference are not working, that the narratives used for decades to stave off progressive causes are being exposed as falsehoods. Six myths have taken hold, ones which are at odds with our lived experience and in urgent need of revision. Has freedom of speech become a cover for promoting prejudice? Has the concept of political correctness been weaponised to avoid ceding space to those excluded from power? Does white identity politics pose an urgent danger? These are some of the questions at the centre of Nesrine Malik's radical and compelling analysis that challenges us to find new narrators whose stories can fill the void and unite us behind a shared vision.

Christmas Unwrapped

This is an account of all things Christmas-related, from the Gospels to mistletoe, from Rudolph to shopping. It explores the myths, customs, confusions, rituals, and icons in an informative way, suitable for all the family.

Author : Patrick Harding

Release : 2002

Publisher : Metro Publishing, Limited

ISBN : 9781843580348

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This is an account of all things Christmas-related, from the Gospels to mistletoe, from Rudolph to shopping. It explores the myths, customs, confusions, rituals, and icons in an informative way, suitable for all the family.

Israeli Women

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with her countrywomen, an Israeli journalist and sociologist illuminates the origins of myths concerning the liberation of Israeli women and analyzes the extent to which they dominate the social structure ...

Author : Lesley Hazleton

Release : 1977

Publisher : New York : Simon and Schuster

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Author : Arthur Marx

Release : 1977

Publisher :

ISBN : 9780345255556

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The Things They Say Behind Your Back

Helmreich explores the myths and historical roots of stereotypes pertaining to several ethnic groups.

Author : William B. Helmreich

Release : 1982

Publisher : Transaction Publishers

ISBN : 9781412839334

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Helmreich explores the myths and historical roots of stereotypes pertaining to several ethnic groups. He discusses which stereotypes are false, which are trye, how they originated, and why some of the most libeled groups promote warped perceptions about themselves.

Black Hills Myths and Legends

His previous works for Globe Pequot include Outlaw Tales of South Dakota, Deadwood: The Best Writing on the Most Notorious Town in the West, and The Insider’s Guide to South Dakota’s Black Hills & Badlands.

Author : T. D. Griffith

Release : 2020-04-01

Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN : 149304060X

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Did a doomed party of prospectors discover gold in South Dakota's Black Hills decades before Custer's Black Hills Expedition scouted out the area? Why would anyone want to murder one of Deadwood, South Dakota's most upstanding citizens? Where did Lame Johnny hide his stolen cache of over $7.5 million in gold? From the wily—and some say dangerous—jackalope to the world’s largest mammoth grave, Black Hills Myths and Legends of makes history fun and pulls back the curtain on some of the Mount Rushmore State’s most fascinating and compelling stories.