25 Apr 2021

Banned Books

Jim Willis. Censoring God: The History of the Lost Books and other Excluded Scriptures. Visible Ink
(25 May 2021)
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Why isn't the Book of Enoch in the Holy Bible, even though Enoch is referenced multiple times? Why were texts considered sacred by many, excluded by others? Who made the decisions and why? Ordained minister and theologian Jim Willis examines the historical, political, and social climates that influenced the redactors and editors of the Bible and other sacred texts in Censoring God: The Suppression of the Lost Books of the Bible and Other Scriptures. He takes a close look at the importance of the Book of Enoch, it's disappearance, and how it was recently rediscovered in Ethiopia. He also analyzes over two dozen excluded texts and the many references to books that we know about from fragments but remain lost. 

We are often taught that the Bible is, in the words of many religious catechisms, 'the infallible word of faith and practice.' In reality, the Bible is as much a political document as a spiritual one. In analyzing why texts were censored, Willis uncovers sometimes surprising biases of the committees and people who made the final decisions. He also investigates enigmatic hints of Bible codes and ancient wisdom that implies a greater spiritual force might have been at work than even the original editors. 

Thought-provoking and provocative, Censoring God explores how sacred texts were used as a weapon against science and justified the destruction of sacred writings of conquered indigenous cultures because they did not agree with the finished version of the Bible accepted by the European establishment. This important book looks at the human frailties of interpreting God's words, and through examination it brings a deeper understanding of the power and importance of those words. With more than 100 photos and graphics, this tome is richly illustrated. Its helpful bibliography provides sources for further exploration, and an extensive index adds to its usefulness.