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Religious ignorance is as dangerous for societal stability as religious extremism. In The Great Leap-Fraud, author A. J. Deus shows that only through the cowardly behavior of a majority that is uneducated in religious questions can sectarian extremism and terrorism take shape and overtake societies. Modern civilizations fail to address the dangerous defect. Based on a reass Religious ignorance is as dangerous for societal stability as religious extremism. In The Great Leap-Fraud, author A. J. Deus shows that only through the cowardly behavior of a majority that is uneducated in religious questions can sectarian extremism and terrorism take shape and overtake societies. Modern civilizations fail to address the dangerous defect. Based on a reassessment of primary documents from the beginning of Judaism through to the Reformation, The Great Leap-Fraud evaluates the Judaic scriptures of the Jews, the Christians, and the Muslims for their potential to stir hatred, violence, and terrorism. It searches for messages in the scriptures that may alter the economic behavior of societies. While providing an overview of three major religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-The Great Leap-Fraud uncovers a series of frauds and premeditated deployment of "prophets" with the goal to establish or redeem the Jewish state of Israel. It also uncovers how the vested interest of Christian historians has pushed the rise of Christianity unto Roman Emperors. Deus shows that the way humans think and act are strongly influenced by a culture driven by the norms of religious organizations, both past and present.


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Religious ignorance is as dangerous for societal stability as religious extremism. In The Great Leap-Fraud, author A. J. Deus shows that only through the cowardly behavior of a majority that is uneducated in religious questions can sectarian extremism and terrorism take shape and overtake societies. Modern civilizations fail to address the dangerous defect. Based on a reass Religious ignorance is as dangerous for societal stability as religious extremism. In The Great Leap-Fraud, author A. J. Deus shows that only through the cowardly behavior of a majority that is uneducated in religious questions can sectarian extremism and terrorism take shape and overtake societies. Modern civilizations fail to address the dangerous defect. Based on a reassessment of primary documents from the beginning of Judaism through to the Reformation, The Great Leap-Fraud evaluates the Judaic scriptures of the Jews, the Christians, and the Muslims for their potential to stir hatred, violence, and terrorism. It searches for messages in the scriptures that may alter the economic behavior of societies. While providing an overview of three major religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-The Great Leap-Fraud uncovers a series of frauds and premeditated deployment of "prophets" with the goal to establish or redeem the Jewish state of Israel. It also uncovers how the vested interest of Christian historians has pushed the rise of Christianity unto Roman Emperors. Deus shows that the way humans think and act are strongly influenced by a culture driven by the norms of religious organizations, both past and present.

47 review for The Great Leap-Fraud: Social Economics of Religious Terrorism, Volume 1, Judaism and Christianity

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bernardo

    Since I consider myself a Christian, I did not expect this, after all I still believe in Jesus and God. However, I had to thoroughly think about this book much more than I have in regards to others. In his search for the source of religious terrorism in the Judaic religions, Deus must have had to go back to the beginning of the religious faith and reassess every possible original evidence. He must have read thousands of books in order to come up with this kind of precise information. He thought Since I consider myself a Christian, I did not expect this, after all I still believe in Jesus and God. However, I had to thoroughly think about this book much more than I have in regards to others. In his search for the source of religious terrorism in the Judaic religions, Deus must have had to go back to the beginning of the religious faith and reassess every possible original evidence. He must have read thousands of books in order to come up with this kind of precise information. He thought that he had been selectively educated and that nothing was fitting together in history, most especially during times of religious fundamentalism. I am assuming that he must have investigated thousands years back into the evolution of civilization. "This research project revealed a saga of fraud and deceit in the name of religion and of misguided fanatics who did not live long enough to see the consequences of their preaching hatred against humanity." I do not know what Deus was thinking when he wrote this but what I acknowledge is that he is not exaggerating. He thinks that the Judaic scripture has been invented to redeem Israel and that it is based on complete fraud. In turn, that justifies everything, above all, religiouos terrorism, especially with the kind of chaos that is presently occuring in the Middle East. If one reads this book, they will start to better comprehend what many of the world conflicts are about and what triggered them to begin with. When somebody comes up with something as controversial as what is written in this book, AJ Deus most certainly better make sure that he delivers the evidence to back it up - and that is accomplished to a tee. Right from the beginning, he lays out pre-existing stories and compares them to the Bible. The plagiate is therefore exposed. Very quickly, I have a perception of oppression, extortion, assassins, genocide, and much more. The Promised Land for the so called Chosen People (Jews) is the ulterior motif. Thousands of primary evidences are incorporated into the book so that individuals can therefore look up the information themselves if there are doubts with what the author is presenting. The message is to please God or to vanish. Deus does a fantastic job in his arguments where he makes a connection with modern times, which then unveils the foundation of the Israel-Palestine conflict, step-by-step, as though it is something natural that occurs daily. It is the first tme that I began to understand the position of the Muslim World. The Torah has an eternal death list, and the Palestinians are first on it. It seems obvious that Israel presents a danger to humanity that needs to be addressed by organizing a neutral zone or by moving an entire nation away from the evident potential death zone. Yet, both adversaries play a cat and mouse game of religious terrorism that occurs in today's world. That is just one of hundreds areas that are investigated and analyzed thoroughly in this book. One will not believe what they are reading and how they could have missed it all along. When Deus rearranges the timeline of the biblical stories, I have a difficult time to understand how it could ever have been any other way. He does so in the most intricate method by describing the Persian kings of the Old and also with Jesus in the New Testament. Through time, he establishes how the Jews deployed terrorist organizations against the Roman Empire and rejected the Roman way of life in protest against their rule. The end result reveals crucifixions, prophets, and Messiahs just to name a few at a time when Jesus should have been expected. Every piece of evidence is laid out so beautifully and the reader then realizes that it is all a fraud. The puzzle is resolved by detaching the historic part of the Gospel from the fictional. But when the fiction becomes real by shifting it to after the First-Jewish Roman War, it turns frightening: there was Jesus, a Jewish high-priest, standing on top of the ruins of the Holy Temple and handing the keys to the imaginary kingdom of Peter, who was later renamed to Simon. I have not understood why the Western Roman Empire collapsed until now. For the first time, I am forced to comprehend that it was the consequence of much earlier actions that are intertwined with the conflict between those that believed in Jesus being God and those that think of him as man. The beginning of the understanding of what the Dark Ages represent has only begun. The last chapter treats abuse of women in Judaic religions. When my wife read this section of the book, she was without words, shocked and humbled. I thought to myself, how could I have overlooked the criticism and downgrading of women that the Judaic faith exhibits. I agree with Deus that women have to stand together to get these offensive passages out of these man written books of death. I am angry at myself that I did not attain this information at a much earlier time. This is all written in the bible and presently "accepted", it is just that many preachers ignore to teach this information but instead preach only the good from the so called "Golden Book", the bible. Selective teaching, might I add. I still believe in the great God (I removed Jesus from the equation). But, I surely love Deus's idea to start over and rewrite history without the religious bias that is already incorporated and taught to children at school as a history lesson. I cannot wait until Volume II is available. I am anxious to discover some more mysterious hidden facts that history has not wanted to unveil. This book is so well written that anyone could understand it. It is not just for historians, politicians, government officials, anthropologists, archaeologists etc. Your average Joe can read the book without a problem and be able to grasp all of the information easily. I highly recommend this non fiction book that focuses on touchy subjects that other people just turn away from and instead are biased and follow the consensus.

  2. 5 out of 5

    A.J. Deus

    Review on Amazon by Herbert L Calhoun "paulocal" (Falls Church, VA USA) - (TOP 500 REVIEWER) with permission of the reviewer. Although I like this very ambitious book a lot (the author gets 5 stars for bravery alone), it must be said up front that the author did not completely solve the problem of how to periodically come up for air beneath 2600 years of data while at the same time giving the reader the kind of panoramic contextual view necessary to keep him fully engaged in the narrative. Even a Review on Amazon by Herbert L Calhoun "paulocal" (Falls Church, VA USA) - (TOP 500 REVIEWER) with permission of the reviewer. Although I like this very ambitious book a lot (the author gets 5 stars for bravery alone), it must be said up front that the author did not completely solve the problem of how to periodically come up for air beneath 2600 years of data while at the same time giving the reader the kind of panoramic contextual view necessary to keep him fully engaged in the narrative. Even as one who has read a lot in this area, I found it annoying to have to read between the lines to provide (for myself) the context needed to follow the author's many offerings. Maybe the old adage about how to give a good speech would be useful advice here for the narration of each chapter: "Tell them what you are going to tell them; then tell them; and once you have told them (at the end of the chapter) tell them what you (just) told them." The only other nitpick I have is: What's up with the completely artless title? Initially I thought the book was about the recent financial meltdown, instead of about religion? Turning to the substance, I must say that this is a tour de force, an attempt to cover 2600 years of the seedy side of religious history backed up with a welter of the only data source trusted by the religiously devout: that is to say 2600 years of human history as revealed in biblical scriptures. History has never been quite so invigorating or so important as with this author's complex journey into the depths of the dark side of the inner sanctum of the three major religions (or faith systems). His thesis, an imminently plausible one, (and one that not just coincidently runs quietly along the subtext of much more famous (but mostly fictional) books such as "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," "The Passover Plot," etc.) is that the reason d'être of organized religion is social, political and economic control: Period, end of story. In a masterful examination of the roots of the three "faith systems," the author repeatedly hits pay dirt. It seems that he broke the code by leaving the most pregnant of all questions lingering in the air to haunt the reader throughout the subtext: Why, for the last two and a half millennia, has humanity allowed itself to be led around by the nose of several groups of violent, illiterate, self-serving, xenophobic, and psychopathic desert tribal leaders? The author answers this palpable (but unasked) question by reading the religious texts of the three major religions "back on themselves." There we find the Rosetta stone of organized religion: a 2600-year trail strewn with unmistakable patterns of frauds, lies, massive plagiarism and willful deceptions that tragically have become the ideological predicates of our post-modern world. It is not much of an exaggeration to suggest (as the book does) that most of the destructive "isms" we have today originated in either willful or misfired religious sectarianisms, their frauds, guile, and consciously created, and manipulated theological edicts, rules and fears. And here we are not talking about the small stuff but about all of the big evils: such as mass murder and mass suicides, mayhem, incest, racism, slavery, terrorism, crusades, genocide, wars, burning at the stake, political assassinations, ethnic cleansing, etc. It is my considered opinion that all the Sam Harrises, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennetts in the world could not have made a more profound statement about why ridding the world of organized religion must remain postmodern man's most urgent task than the case made here by this author. How did he do it and what did he uncover? Like a tenacious forensic investigator of any common crime, this author recognized that the manipulated record of religious history (which is to say most of it) unintentionally leaves its original (more truthful unwritten) fingerprints on history, fingerprints that are mostly the result of socio-economic imperatives. These fingerprints of what was left out or manipulated, are imperatives that cannot be easily erased, revised, covered-up or otherwise manipulated after the fact. By matching the manipulated storylines recorded as the history of faith (and thus cemented in time and in biblical scriptures), with their socio-economic imperatives (or true fingerprints), the author reveals, in the discrepancies that result, evidence of a whole landscape of colossal fraud, deception, lies, and massive plagiarism throughout the scriptural records of the three major faith systems. The discrepancies that show up so starkly between the two are ironclad proof that the religious emperors have no clothes; and that as a group (or taken individually) they were all nothing less than snake oil salesmen peddling "primitive fears" masquerading as "religious faith" across a broad swath of human history. These charlatans still roam the earth like the predators they are in the form of Osama bin Ladin and Qaeda; the Ku Klux Klan, and the Israeli Defense force -- just to name the more obvious ones. With the instincts of an Historian, and the training of a social economist, the author smells and then ferrets out the rats underneath the ecclesiastical woodpile. We all have known for a very long time that something was "rotten in Denmark" when it comes to most organized religion (and their often sweet smelling theology); something has long been wrong in the generalized temple of religion. Here lies a story that gives shape and form to what hides beneath the ecumenical woodpile. It is one that is carefully backed up with the only primary evidence that seems to matter to our religionist friends: the scriptures and verbatim biblical texts themselves. And while it is clear that when it comes to reading religious text, everything turns on interpretation, it is still true that this author's research is so accurate and so pinpoint specific that it does not leave much wiggle room, or an escape hatch, for the inevitable defenses that will be forthcoming to condemn this treatise. Any morally principled interpretation of religious texts, cannot include only the good uplifting aspects. It must also include the horrible parts too? What masquerades as sacred text is just "the good parts. Mr. Deus' interpretations fixes this moral slight of hand. Mr. Deus' main thesis in this tour de force is that: social evolution and socio-religious and economic imperatives, have developed in tandem; and that if we examine them in parallel, and do so carefully, what we will discover is that their systemic consequences virtually have a mind of their own -- one that tends to be independent of the day-to-day shifts in political and religious machinations, influence and intentions. When the data of primary sources (such as the scriptures of the main texts of the three great religions) are analyzed carefully, aligned with the imperatives of socio-economic history, and read back on themselves, the reasons for consistently bad (often inhuman) religious decisions, unnecessary wars, racism, terrorism, genocide, ethnic cleansing and a whole world of other destructive human consequences, are then laid bare: They pop-up on the landscape of religious history like so many unwanted knots on a log. Beginning well before the three major religions were established, what this author uncovers is a consistent pattern of deception, fraud, lies, massive plagiarism and social and institutional manipulation that cannot be innocently explained, and certainly cannot be explained away. Nor can they be said to just be an artifact of a particular religion, or religious philosophy, ideology or peculiar to its particular leaders, but are clearly the defining quality of organized religion itself. It is this defining quality: an unholy mixture of mythical nonsense, raised to the level of cultural necessity, composed of willfully designed frauds and deceptions -- all for the sole purposes of managing the social order and for economic benefits -- that is the rat under the woodpile. When this tableau is stretched out across vast stretches of history for each of the three primary faith systems, it is easily seen why organized religion is more dangerous than Al Qaeda alone could ever be? And in fact, Al Qaeda, and many other violent sectarian fundamentalist religious sects that have constantly sprouted up across history and across the three great religions, are the perfect examples and a perfect metaphor for how religious indoctrination based on fraud is the greatest threat to civilization and to man's continued existence. The primitive fears of man are mindlessly and shamelessly mined and then shaped and honed into the tip of an ideological spear to be used in the crusades of God's army to defend religious and national orthodoxies against the "infidels" and apostates. And in this regard, Al Qaeda, the Ku Klux Klan and the Israeli Defense force are all cut from the same piece of terrorist cloth. That fact that man, despite his advances in science and reasoning has throughout history consistently cowered under the simplistic fears and implicit threats of religious theology and ideology, cannot leave one sanguine about the moral adaptability of our species? What it does say is that even today in the third millennium since religion was established, we are still quite susceptible to the Hitlers, Osama bin Ladins, Ariel Sharons and Benjamin Netanyahus of the world. Fifty stars!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Goodreads win. Thank you. Excellent read. Should be required reading (in my opinion)in Colleges. I kept thinking, wow, this would get the dialogue going in a class. I would think it would be every Professors dream to get a classes adrenaline going, this book would do it. I kept thinking, (as I read), great point,this would make a good classroom debate! Very well written. I can not imagine the time and the research the Author had to do, to come to his conclusions. This is an eye opener book. A re Goodreads win. Thank you. Excellent read. Should be required reading (in my opinion)in Colleges. I kept thinking, wow, this would get the dialogue going in a class. I would think it would be every Professors dream to get a classes adrenaline going, this book would do it. I kept thinking, (as I read), great point,this would make a good classroom debate! Very well written. I can not imagine the time and the research the Author had to do, to come to his conclusions. This is an eye opener book. A reader might not agree with the Authors conclusions, which makes it all the more interesting. I am looking forward to reading Part II.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I found this a very dense book with lots of ideas to think about. The author has researched and worked to understand the religious works in question to a point where someone who knows little about religion needs time to reflect and research the theories. This book invites the reader to think, and is not a page turner in the same spirit as a non-educational book. Informative, well-explained and all theories are backed up with precise excerpts from the book in question. I feel this book would be we I found this a very dense book with lots of ideas to think about. The author has researched and worked to understand the religious works in question to a point where someone who knows little about religion needs time to reflect and research the theories. This book invites the reader to think, and is not a page turner in the same spirit as a non-educational book. Informative, well-explained and all theories are backed up with precise excerpts from the book in question. I feel this book would be well accepted by academics more than by laymen.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Having been somewhat of a religious skeptic for most of my life, it was refreshing to see someone validate my concerns. The author uses historical fact to show that many events mentioned in the Bible likely did not happen. He also shows that there are a number of discrepancies in the stories that raise concerns of their validity. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever questioned the major religious faiths.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dara

    First and foremost, this is not a book that should be approached if you have had no sense of religious history. The book offers a lot of material pulled from the scripture and other historical documents. If you are not familiar with the scriptures and how they are taught and interpreted nowadays, it will be difficult for you to see how their historical interpretation had impacted society throughout the years. Overall, there was a substantial amount of material for Mr. Deus to base his conclusions First and foremost, this is not a book that should be approached if you have had no sense of religious history. The book offers a lot of material pulled from the scripture and other historical documents. If you are not familiar with the scriptures and how they are taught and interpreted nowadays, it will be difficult for you to see how their historical interpretation had impacted society throughout the years. Overall, there was a substantial amount of material for Mr. Deus to base his conclusions on, and he has carefully gathered and analyzed this data. However, my feeling is that the sheer amount of material overwhelms the book. Often I felt compelled to do my own analysis of the material presented, because Mr. Deus could be quite conclusory without really illuminating his rationale. My own belief is that there should have been three volumes, one for each key religion, with more emphasis on historical material, effects of religious decisions, and more explanation of impact. Finally, if you are deeply religious and blindly follow the scripture, you may not want to pick up this book and read it. At times, there was a feeling that the religions were under attack, rather than being examined to see how religion affected and worked in ancient history up to the present day. While I personally question religion and its purported history, an individual who does not do so may feel that this book is a direct attack upon him/her. In fewer words, objectivity sometimes gets lost.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Malory

    A blistering work; Deus masterfully penetrates the spoiled history of Israel, conducting a polemic informed by historical analysis and Deus��� own frequent brilliance. The narrative hardly strays off-course, which, considering the sheer density of content, is something very remarkable. As Deus illuminates whole geographies of fraud, deceit, misinformation, and folly, vectoring from the forgivable to the outrageous, one will find his senses offended, repeatedly. The author���s complex investigati A blistering work; Deus masterfully penetrates the spoiled history of Israel, conducting a polemic informed by historical analysis and Deus��� own frequent brilliance. The narrative hardly strays off-course, which, considering the sheer density of content, is something very remarkable. As Deus illuminates whole geographies of fraud, deceit, misinformation, and folly, vectoring from the forgivable to the outrageous, one will find his senses offended, repeatedly. The author���s complex investigations into the tumultuous history of the Promised Land reveal a deep understanding of the political and economic impressions which line the foundation of the ongoing strife in the Middle East. The book���s passion is at times constructed into, and privy to, a subtle, reflective lambast, yet given the aims of the book, one is hardly surprised. Deus affords much of his subject to the Old Testament, where cases of pettiness, usury, and undigested contradiction shine rampant. These allusions form a great contextual portrait, perhaps ministering to the rhetoric of the work accurately more than the spirit of its ground-source. The social consequences of the Jewish statehood, to this reviewer, have hitherto never been offered more incisively to the public. Arguing position-by-position with the ferocity of Nietzsche (most egregiously in the writing of the Antichristian), the wit of Schopenhauer, Deus��� entry-work is a magnum blast to the stasis of the Western world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    This is a unique book with a strange title that I won from a giveaway. It basically takes a historical view of the scriptural basis of religious terrorism. This volume has a focus on Judaism and Christianity. Deus traces the foundation of these religions and shows that how they evolved had a mainly economic basis (e.g. the great fraud). The author isn't afraid to abandon all assumptions and make interesting theories like who Judas really was (the historian Josephus who was also Joseph of Arimath This is a unique book with a strange title that I won from a giveaway. It basically takes a historical view of the scriptural basis of religious terrorism. This volume has a focus on Judaism and Christianity. Deus traces the foundation of these religions and shows that how they evolved had a mainly economic basis (e.g. the great fraud). The author isn't afraid to abandon all assumptions and make interesting theories like who Judas really was (the historian Josephus who was also Joseph of Arimathea!) and who really wrote the Old Testament/Torah (Ezra, Mordecai and Nehemiah) and that the Catholic Church isn't as old as they say it is and how St. Augustine ruined philosophy for hundreds of years, etc. I would have enjoyed it more if he stuck to fun theories and obscure history, but he goes on some pretty bizarre tangents on the corrupt values of modern life. For example, he tells a story of when he asked some cops in Vancouver to stop some dudes from making out in a public park and the cops rebuked him instead. Weird outrage. There are also a lot of far from politically correct generalizations like saying Jews love money and can't be trusted. Nevertheless, I haven't read anything similar and it kept me pretty entertained. I might check out Volume 2 on Islam some time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gerard

    A very good book that addresses concerns I've had for a big part of my life. I think for anyone that is doubting their religion, has questions about their religion or simply wants to know more about it from a different perspective, should pick up this book. Stop religious ignorance around you, pick up this book, read it and teach those ignorant people around you. A good book, my only concern is the serious amount of information. Perhaps it would have been better if it had been split into 2 differen A very good book that addresses concerns I've had for a big part of my life. I think for anyone that is doubting their religion, has questions about their religion or simply wants to know more about it from a different perspective, should pick up this book. Stop religious ignorance around you, pick up this book, read it and teach those ignorant people around you. A good book, my only concern is the serious amount of information. Perhaps it would have been better if it had been split into 2 different volumes so it could focus more on the specific subjects within.

  10. 5 out of 5

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Hjimale Jimale

    I love it so far! I can't wait to finish it and read the next volume on Islam and Secularization.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robert Conway

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