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Writing about King Arthur and the Round Table:
"If we could see exactly what happened we should find ourselves in the presence of a theme as well founded, as inspired, and as inalienable from the inheritance of mankind as the Odyssey or the Old Testament. It is all true, or it ought to be; and more and better besides."

Winston Churchill
A History of the English Speaking Peoples
Volume One

Italics author's.

For a general discussion of heros in spiritual systems, see
The Hero with A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

For a discussion of astrology and spirituality see:
Hamlet's Mill

For a discussion of Moses, drawing on Judaic tradition and scripture and psychoanalytic technique, see:
Moses and Monotheism by Sigmund Freud

A study of the roots of the Hebrew Scriptures, using the techniques of literary criticism is:
Who Wrote the Bible by Richard Elliott Friedman.
A study of this book with a contrary opinion is:
A Summary Critique by Gleason L. Archer.

For a study of Joseph Smith, see:
No Man Knows My History by Fawn Brody

A copy of a file called Refuting Missionaries is linked here. This is a dissection of the stories about Jesus by a Hebrew scholar. A book that makes many of the same points as this web page is Who Wrote the New Testament? by Burton L. Mack. The book, however, takes the existence of an historical Jesus for granted while the web page's author does not. Another web page, The Search for the Historical Jesus, provides an historical background to the movement to deconstruct the Jesus stories.

Regarding the "Refuting Missionaries" web page, I have found no english translation of the Tosefta (or any mention of the Baraitas) on the web. This does not necessarily obviate the page's writer's scholarship, but highlights my lack of an overwhelming desire to find enlish translations of these works. I would be happy to link any Hebrew scholar's opinion of the above file or of the referenced texts. Regarding the book, it is not an easy read, I found myself doing a lot of skim reading after the first two chapters.

A webpage on the Church of Scientology:
Operation Clambake-The Inner Secrets of Scientology

A thoughtful (and entertaining)webpage on Islam, and theism generally:
A Thoughtcrime in Progress

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