Updated: Jan 23, 2019
James S. Valliant and C.W. Fahy's CREATING CHRIST provides an impressive new understanding of Christianity basing it on a convincing theory of its Roman origins and provenance that makes it both enjoyable and a pleasure to read.
Not only is it accessible to both layman and scholar alike in a very powerful way, they present original and comprehensive archeological and iconographic evidence as well as utilizing the most recent, important and cutting-edge work of other scholars (including myself).
They do this in an interesting and exciting manner which shows them to be well-informed on subjects that are not only complex, but of such patently overwhelming and current importance to the world at large, to which I myself have devoted the greater part of my academic career to studying.
When they are done, their conclusions are as interesting as they are profound; and it should, therefore, be clear that this is a work of both original and outstanding scholarship, the arguments of which are presented by means of a thorough examination and integration of the relevant evidence.
I, therefore, recommend it without reservation and can add the suggestion that you proceed to publication of these their new, exciting, and well-argued theses as soon as possible.
Professor Emeritus of Middle East Religions, Archaeology, and Islamic Law, Visiting Scholar Member of Linacre College, Oxford University, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the American School of Oriental Research (Albright Institute of Archaeological Research), Jerusalem, Israel, from 1985–86, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford, U.K., from 1986-1987, editor and translator (with James Robinson) A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and author of James the Brother of Jesus, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians, Maccabees, Zadokites, Christians and Qumran: A New Hypothesis of Qumran Origins, The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered (with Michael Wise), The New Testament Code and The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception (with Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh).