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Jamie Irvine

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Raised with a Creationist POV - Eyes Opened

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Reviewed: 2019-04-08

Wow did this ever challenge my point of view and helped me to see a larger picture of how humans became what we are today. I was particularly struck by the DNA evidence of different sapiens and the fact that every species has multiple forms, for example, canines and felines. It is so logical that there were many great apes that were sapiens.

Something that was not specifically mentioned but was impactful for me personally was when the author described the positive and negative impact of the agricultural revolution. The correlation of the negative impacts of the agricultural revolution to the curse in Genesis that God put on Adam and Eve is eerily similar. This strongly supports that the Bible account in Genesis is an allegory and not a historical account. I knew this in my heart of hearts but this really sealed it for me.

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Raised as a Jehovah's Witness - Very Informative

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Reviewed: 2019-04-08

This book opened my eyes to the tactics of high control and the impact of undue influence. I feel that I can identify these tactics better now and this has empowered me. I am more aware of the prevalence of cults in society and when people are most vulnerable and I am grateful for that. As a former Jehovah's Witnesses elder, I got an opportunity to see the policy letters and read the elder's handbook and I always felt that it was very legalistic in nature. I now understand that many of these policies are designed to control people and regardless of how well-meaning some are, we can't escape the fact that the Bible's commentary on human nature is accurate. "Man will dominate man to his injury."