Working direct from the texts of Greek scripture Jim will show how the scriptural authors carefully structured all they wrote to make it transmit a ‘secret’ extra component on top of the literal import conveyed by the actual phrases used. He will show it is easy to do, in fact ploys of this kind were well known to writers in antiquity. It exposes the inherent flaw in Christian doctrine in that it espouses the very set of ideas the evangelists deplored as wholly evil. When the riddles in the gospels are solved, the unseen deity to whom Jesus alludes to as ‘Father’ turns out to be the Genesis serpent, an effective manifestation of the evil ‘second god’ This matches a conviction espoused by the Cathar sect which flourished in parts of Europe before it was violently suppressed by a Crusade sent by Pope Innocent II in 1208CE.
Though Humanists see all the scriptures as works of fiction, the world wide promulgation of the gospels with their attractive, but mistaken, promise of eternal life has given Christianity an enormous following.
Jim’s thesis is, of course, dismissed by Christians, but Humanists can at least hear it with open minds. It should be an intriguing evening.