FORGERY IN CHRISTIANITY
by Joseph Wheless Click for notes (below) on Emmett Fields, Wheless' book, and Wheless' sources, & notes on Rae West's version here.
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JOSEPH WHELESS
I've included a brief biographical note of Wheless in Is It God's Word? .


DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENTS (Page numbers help indicate lengths of passages. Typical download times put in so you know what to expect!)

FOREWORD   THE DISEASE AND THE CURE [75K; 25 sec]
[ FAITH IN A FATAL DECLINE 2 | THE INDICTMENT 10 | OUTLINE OF CASE AND PROOFS 11 | FORGERY DEFINED 12 | RELIGIOUS LAWS OF OUTLAWRY 19 | CONTENTS 23]

CHAPTER I   PAGAN FRAUDS—CHRISTIAN PRECEDENTS [108K; 35 sec]
[ THE DAWN-MAN AND THE SHAMAN 25 | PAGANISM AT THE CROSS-ROADS WITH CHRISTIANITY 29 | APOLLONIUS OF TYANA 31 | SIMON MAGUS 32 | SUPERSTITIONS AND REVELATIONS 34 | CHRISTIAN “REVELATION” DEFINED AND DISPROVED 35 | MITHRAISM—AND CHRISTIAN MYTH 36 | “MITHRAISM”—PRE-CHRISTIAN CHRISTIANITY 37 | BUDDHISM IN CHRISTIANITY 42 | ALL DEVILISH IMITATIONS! 46 | THE SIBYLLINE ORACLES 47 | ABBREVIATIONS FOR MOST OFTEN USED SOURCES 55]

CHAPTER II   HEBREW HOLY FORGERIES [110K; 40 sec]
[ THE INSPIRED FABLE OF TOBIT 60| THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING 62 | EZRA “RESTORES” THE LAW 63 | THE “FINDING OF THE LAW” 64 | THE “SEPTUAGINT” TRANSLATION INTO GREEK 65 | THE SEPTUAGINT AND THE “VIRGIN-BIRTH” FRAUD 68| OTHER HEBREW SACRED FORGERIES 70 | THE “INSPIRED” HEBREW SCRIPTURES 72 | FORGERY BY CONTRADICTIONS 74 | OUR “PHONY” CHRISTIAN ERA 74 | FORGERY BY FALSE TRANSLATIONS 76 | THE “GOD” FORGERY 77 | THE “ADAM” FORGERY 78 | THE “SOUL” FORGERY 78 | THE “MOSAIC REVELATION” FORGERY 78 | THE ANCIENT IDEA OF “HISTORY” 80 | CHRISTIAN “REVELATIONS” IN JEWISH FORGERIES 84]

CHAPTER III   “SCRIPTURE” FORGERIES [75 K; 25 sec]
[ “THE AGE OF APOCRYPHAL LITERATURE” 92 | “THE IDEA OF INSPIRATION” 93 | “THE LYING PEN OF THE SCRIBES” 94 | “CHRISTIAN EVIDENCES” - FORGED 95 | FORGED GOSPELS, ACTS, EPISTLES 96 | THE FORGED “APOSTLES’ CREED” 101 | THE FORGED ATHANASIAN CREED 101 | JESUS CHRIST’S FORGED LETTERS 101 | OTHER FORGERIES FOR CHRIST’S SAKE 104 | JOSEPHUS FORGERY TESTIFIES OF JESUS 105 | THE OWL-ANGEL FORGERY 109]

CHAPTER IV   THE SAINTLY “FATHERS” OF THE FAITH [120K; 40 sec]
[ PATRISTIC “TRADITION” 114 | THE TWELVE “TRADITIONAL” APOSTLES 115 | THE APOSTLES 116 | APOSTOLIC GREED AND STRIFE 116 | THE APOSTOLIC FATHERS 117 | 1 Clement of Rome | 2 Ignatius | 3 Polycarp | 4 Barnabas | 5 Hermas | THE SUB-APOSTOLIC FATHERS 122 | 6 Papias | 7 Justin Martyr | 8 Irenaeus | JESUS DIED OF OLD AGE! 126 | 9 Tertullian | 10 Clement of Alexandria | 11 Origen | 12 Lactantius | THE PAGAN “LOGOS” CHRISTIANIZED 134 | 13 Augustine | AUGUSTINE “PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY” 139 | CHRISTIAN PAGANISM 145]

CHAPTER V   THE “GOSPEL” FORGERIES [160K; 55 sec]
[ STILL TINKERING AT IT! 150 | SOME TESTS FOR FORGERY 151 | THE GOSPEL TITLES 152 | THE “CANONICITY” OF THE FOUR GOSPELS 154 | THE “MARK” FABLE BELIES “CANONICITY” 155 | THE GOSPELS “ACCORDING TO” GREEK PRIESTS 157 | THE FOUR GOSPELS—“CHOSEN” 158 | WHY FOUR GOSPELS? 159 | INSPIRATION AND PLAGIARISM 162 | GOSPELS LATE FORGERIES 163 | 1 Bishop Papias | 2 Justin Martyr | 3 Irenaeus | “LUKE” DISCREDITS APOSTOLICITY 166 | FORGERIES IN THE FORGED GOSPELS 169 | CONTRADICTIONS AND TRUTH 170 | JESUS - MAN OR GOD? 172 | “UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH” 174| THE “CHURCH” FOUNDED ON THE “ROCK” 179 | “PETER-ROCK-CHURCH” DENIED AB SILENCIO 182 | “GO, TEACH ALL NATIONS” FORGERY 183 | ACTS BELIES THE “GO, TEACH ALL NATIONS” FORGERY 183 | THE FORGED GOSPEL ENDINGS 186 | THE BAPTISMAL FORGERY 188 | A MEDLEY OF FORGERIES 188 | THE “WOMAN IN ADULTERY” FORGERY 188 | THE JOHN XXI FORGERY 189 | THE “LORD’S PRAYER” FORGERY 189 | THE “UNKNOWN GOD” FORGERY 190 | THE FORGED EPISTLES, ETC. 190 | THE “EPISTLE OF PETER” FORGERIES 192 | THE “GOD MANIFEST” FORGERY 193 | THE “THREE HEAVENLY WITNESSES” FORGERY 193]

CHAPTER VI   THE CHURCH FORGERY MILL [140K; 50 sec]
[ THE FORGED APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONS 197 | THE FORGED “APOSTOLIC CANONS” 198 | THE FORGED LIBER PONTIFICALIS 198 | THE “CONVERSION OF CONSTANTINE” FRAUD 199 | CHRISTIAN FORGERIES FOR POWER AND PELF 204 | THE “CONSTANTINE” FORGERIES 205 | FORGED DEEDS OF EMPIRE 205 | THE FORGED LETTER OF ST. PETER 206 | A HOLY CONSPIRATION 206 | THE POPE SYLVESTER FORGERIES 208 | THE FORGED “DONATION OF CONSTANTINE” 208 | THE “SYMMACHIAN FORGERIES” 211 | THE “FALSE DECRETALS” FORGERIES 211 | THE FORGED DECRETUM OF GRATIAN 213 | THE FULL FRUITION OF FORGERY 214 | THE FRUSTRATED EMS REVOLT 215 | FORGED SAINTS, MARTYRS AND MIRACLES 215 | “SPECULA STULTORUM” 218 | OLD PAGAN STUFF 221 | FORGED AND FAKED RELICS 224 | THE “INVENTION OF THE CROSS,” ET AL. 227 | ANCIENT FAKES YET ACCREDITED 231 | HOLY OILS, WATERS, AND FETISHES 235 | THE AGNUS DEI 236 | THE TRAGEDY OF THE “MYSTICAL MARRIAGE” 237]

CHAPTER VII   THE “TRIUMPH” OF CHRISTIANITY [280K; 100 sec]
[ PRIESTLY TERRORISM 238 | GOD-ORDAINED MURDER FOR UNBELIEF 238 | THE GOSPEL OF FEAR AND TREMBLING 240 | UNBORN BABES TO BURN FOREVER 241 | A CONTRAST IN TOLERANCE 241 | THE EDICT OF MILAN (313) 242 | CHRISTIAN INTOLERANCE 243 | FAITH ENFORCED BY LAWS OF MURDER 243 | LAWS OF CONSTANTINE 244 | LAWS OF CONSTANTIUS AND CONSTANS 245 | LAWS OF GRATIAN AND THEODOSIUS 245 | LAWS OF THEODOSIUS AND VALENTINIAN 245 | LAWS OF HONORIUS AND ARCADIUS 246 | LATER LAWS AGAINST PAGANISM 246 | BLOODY RECORD BOASTED 247 | “THE SECULAR ARM” 250 | COMPULSORY AND WHOLESALE CONVERSION 254 | CONVERSION SKIN DEEP 256 | THE “FRUITS” OF CHRISTIANITY 257 | “THE GLORY THAT WAS GREECE” 258 | Pythagoras | Hippocrates | Aristotle | Theophrastus | Aristarchus | Hipparchus | Archimedes | Euclid | Hero | Strabo | The Principles of Evolution | THE POWER THAT WAS ROME 266 | PAGAN CULTURAL RESULTS 267 | THE CHRISTIAN AGE OF FAITH 268 | THE AIM OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 268 | THE MORAL “FRUITS” OF CHRISTIANITY 271 | THE CHRISTIAN “MORALITY LIE” 271 | THE INTELLECTUAL “FRUITS” OF CHRISTIANITY 283| THE CHRISTIAN “EDUCATION LIE”, 283 | THE MONKS “PRESERVED THE CLASSICS” 284 | CHRISTIAN “SCIENCE” 289 | THE REBIRTH OF CIVILIZATION 296 | GULLIVER AWAKES 296 | BENEFIT OF CLERGY 297 | THE CRIMINAL CRUSADES STARTED THE REVOLT 297| THE “INFIDEL” REDEEMS CHRISTENDOM 299 | THE “MIRACULOUS ATTESTATIONS” OF CHRISTIANITY 302 | “THE MARKS OF THE BEAST” 303 | WHY—AND WHAT PRICE—RELIGION? 304 | “STOP! THIEF!” 309 | AN APPEAL TO REASON 311]

FORGERY IN CHRISTIANITY

by
Joseph Wheless
1930

I downloaded the original file (thanks to Emmett F Fields - see below) on 13 Sept 1995, and corrected spelling and scanning errors, of which there were very many, some rather annoying, e.g. ‘Lure’ for Luke, ‘scriptitre’ for scripture. Wheless was sometimes spelt ‘Wheliss’; I’ve adopted ‘Wheless’. Most were typical scanner errors, e.g. faintly-printed ‘n’ scanning as ‘il’ or ‘ll’ or something similar. Some text seems to have been omitted in error.
        Despite the lengths of these files, since I now have a site search engine I thought it worthwhile to put up my version of this book on Internet: anyone can search for the chapters containing remoter items (for example Ammon, Mithraism, Zoroastrianaism, Newton, indulgences, Hebrew forgeries, legal codes, the phoenix) and rely on the table of contents to find better-known topics: Arians, Augustine, Origen, Gospels, the Donation of Constantine, and so on—the pagination has been left in to give a clue to the lengths of the passages. With some hesitation I've retained the original chapters since Wheless presumably intended to collect together similar material in similar chapters. Rather than browse endless small files, with my arrangement you will face delays while downloading big files - but the material ought to be more substantial. In any case, download times tend to be shorter, and modems and servers faster, than they were.
        I’ve put in text size changes & bold and italic, and colour, for visual clarity (and variety).
        The detailed table of contents was originally placed at the very end of the book, at the end of Chapter 7; the foreword had contents, but of chapter headings only, giving an overview. Wheless put a note on his four most-quoted sources in several places; I’ve collected all these things into this contents section.
        The book was indexed, I infer, but the index was not scanned in and so doesn’t appear here; at the time of writing I haven’t generated my own.
        Original pagination is retained like this: {55} means original number of page 55, which was at the END of that page. These are presumably the numbers referred to in the contents pages (though these are internally inconsistent!).
        Wheless was an American judge. There are many honourable American rationalists in this book, including White, Draper, Lowell, Niebuhr and Mencken. British authors include James Harvey Robertson, Joseph McCabe, Buckle, Milman, Lecky, Gibbon and Hobbes. (Sample of authors not included: Bury, Wells, Russell; Bishop Creighton; Coit; Coughlin; Belloc, Chesterton). There are few if any from the modern non-English speaking world. There are of course lots of ‘fathers’ of the church (& lots of Greeks, e.g. Aristotle, and Thucydides and Plato in ‘the glory that was Greece’, just like the traditional British treatment!). Wheless was an American judge; there are many honourable American rationalists in his book. - Rae West.

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END OF CHAPTER I HAS THIS LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS FOR MOST OFTEN  USED SOURCES:-

The libraries of the Union Theological Seminary and of Columbia University, in New York City, were the places of the finds here recorded. Cited so often, space will be saved for more valuable uses by citing by their initials,—which will become very familiar—my chief ecclesiastical authorities, to wit:

ANF. ; The Ante-Nicene Fathers, cited as ANF.; A Collection of the extant Writings of all the Founders of Christianity down to the Council of Nicaea, or Nice,in 325 A.D. American Reprint, eight volumes. The Christian Literature Publishing Co., Buffalo, N.Y., 1885. [xxx]

N &PNF. ; The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, cited as N&PNF.; First and Second Series; many volumes; same publishers.

CE. ; The Catholic Encyclopedia, cited as CE.; fifteen volumes and index, published under the Imprimatur of Archbishop Farley; New York, Robert Appleton Co., 1907-9.

EB . ; The Encyclopedia Biblica, cited as EB., four volumes; Adam & Charles Black,London, 1899; American Reprint, The Macmillan Co., New York, 1914.


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This HTML version based on Emmett Fields' scanning; somewhat corrected, links inserted, by Rae West. Not compared with the original book; there must certainly be mistakes. First uploaded 99-02-16. Plea 2000-04-26. Fields, Williams notes 2000-11-20