koralleen (koralleen) wrote,

God, the Bible, Truth and Christian Theology

There are thousands of turn-of-the-century religious books and I don't know which ones are worth much. This one had lovely boards and much shiny-ness and the price was right so I picked it up. I make a lot of mistakes this way.

When I started to list it, I gave the basic information and started to browse the text. It had a bit of the Universalist look to it and that's always a nice keyword to throw in if you can. Not Universalist! Just anti-Bible, anti-Christian and decidedly anti-Catholic. And also just plain weird. The author is also the publisher, which is often a tip-off that you're about to read something weird. (Sorry, self-publishers, I love you to pieces but it's true.) The front matter is a series of anticipatory defensive statements. The chapters start out showing that the Bible is an anonymously-authored collection of myths, for the most part employing the rhetorical technique "Proof by Assertion". As the text progresses, the content swings madly from topic to topic--finally, the book's final quarter is filled with inadequately-cited blurbs from news articles, letters, what-have-you. That and advertisements for more publications. It's a treat.

I wondered about the author, Dr. L.W. de Laurence. Apparently his most successful title was The Key to the Tarot: Oracles Behind the Veil, in which he borrowed heavily--very, very heavily--from A.E. Waite's Pictorial Key to the Tarot. Although God, the Bible, Truth, and Christian Theology does not promote the occult, all of his other works seem to be in that vein. They are also published later, it seems, so perhaps by then he had learned where the market was favorable. Anyway, it was a fun book if a bit of a time-sink. I like to spend less than five minutes per book when listing.



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