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Confessions of a Murdered Pope

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  The Evolution of World Religions


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“Insofar as it defines the human soul, this book is a great  comfort to the aging and those who contemplate death. Insofar as it traces the evolution of religion from the Neanderthals to Christ, it is most important to the young and those who contemplate life.”

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                                            Howard Jason Smith, Boston Globe



In 1947, Albino Luciani defended his doctoral thesis ‘The Origin of the Human Soul…’ in which he defines specifically this thing one is trying to save. Moreover, he defined a surefire path to save it. One not based on tales told by ancient men as preachers peddle, but one based on the real world one lives in today.
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The theological intellectual complexity of his thesis is cast in a series of fun and exciting conversations of a ten year old boy with his father.



He tells his bewildered father, "Dad. Religion evolves like any other social practice, each prophet building on the imagination of the one who came before him."


Witness as this precocious boy traces the evolution of Christianity from the Neanderthals, to the Cretans, to the Grecians, to the Egyptians, to the Hebrews, to those who wrote of Jesus.

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   The Reincarnation of Albino Luciani 
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As Dante once took the reader through the levels of hell, the reincarnated Albino Luciani takes the reader through the heavens of the Christian, the Jew, the Muslim, the Hindu, the Buddhist, the Tao, and one more—a long lost faith holding the secret to eternal life. One no longer has to guess. One can know in this life, one will live forever. Listen as this inquisitive boy tells you what Luciani meant when he said:
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“Don’t knock yourself out over smart monkeys and Adam and Eve. Each of us is responsible for our own evolution. We can  choose to remain as mortal men, or we can evolve as Gods."* 

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* Albino Luciani's doctoral thesis, Rome, February 27, 1947.

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  excerpts 'Confessions of a Murdered Pope'

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Chapter 4


The Four Dimensions of Man    

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It was Saturday, the one day I could sleep in.

    It was ten o’clock when I came down into the kitchen to partake of what Audrey had whipped up for breakfast. At my spot was a folded-up newspaper.

   As I picked it up, she asked, “Did you get a good night’s sleep?”

  “Certainly,” I added one of those ‘slept like a baby’ lines.

  “Good,” she seemed concerned. “You’re going to need it.” 

  “What do you mean?” I asked. “What is he up to now?”

  “He is searching… He’s been up since six o’clock. He’s down in the family room with the usual stack of books around him.”

  “He is searching…?” I questioned.

  “Yes, he is searching…” she smiled. “He is searching for his soul.”

   “For his what?” I exclaimed, more than asked.

   “His soul,” she repeated. “He’s not sure he has one. Are you sure you have one?”

   “Of course, I have one,” quite frustrated she would question my immortality.   

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Regardless, with cup in hand and an unprecedented air of confidence, I headed down the steps. To most fathers this would be an insurmountable challenge. But to me it was just another day on the job.

  There he was just as she had described him, with his deep dark eyes hunched over an open book.

   Off to one side, stacked up along side his Bible, was a book on reincarnation, another on Egyptology, one on existentialism, the Jewish Torah, the Muslim Koran, the Vedic Sanskrit and Brahma Sutras texts of the Hindus, the Tripitaka and Mahayana Sutras of Buddha, and a host of others. Most of which I had not even known existed until that morning.

   Off to one side he had scribbled on the blackboard


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He didn’t give me a chance to head him off, “In order to find the soul, we must first define the soul—just exactly what is it we are trying to save. We cannot settle for the preacher’s sham: ‘the soul is just something we don't understand.’ 

   “To do this we must first define 'faith.' Not only the assumption we've been born into, but the similarities, differences and salvation requirements of all the faiths of the world. These things we will do now…"

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*often confused, the soul and spirit are entirely different things. The spirit is what one is without one's body—believed by most to be akin to the mind. According to the Bible and Christian doctrine, the mind as it has been in this life will not survive in the afterlife. The soul is a part of man that is a part of God and returns to God after death—believed by some to be akin to the heart.

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Chapter 12

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The Evolution of World Religions

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The self-made miniature professor startled me, “God is an assumption we are born into or picked up along the way.”

   The little tyke had wandered off the beaten track. “Wrong,” I stopped him. “God is not an assumption we were born into. It's a Biblical fact, God appeared to Moses as a Burning Bush thousands of years ago.”

   The boy cast a puzzled look at his father. “God, a Burning Bush?” A Biblical fact? Smiling as to highlight his opening, he began his dissertation.

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”In defining God, we must consider what we know to be fact to a given point and go on from there.

   “Dad, religion evolves just like any other social practice, each prophet building on those who came before him. Let us consider events as they actually happened from the beginning of mankind.

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    “Who was the first man to add a ‘3rd' dimension to a human being—the idea the spirit escapes the body at death and these ghosts live on with us in our current environment? 

    “Who was the first man to come up with the idea of supreme ghosts, gods?

   "Who was the first man to come up with the idea  there is only one supreme ghost, God? 

   “Who was the first man to come up with the idea God is everywhere watching every move we make?

   “Who was the first man to come up with the idea of a place up there we call heaven?

   “Who was the first man to come up with the idea of a place down there we call hell?

   "Who was the first man to come up with the idea of reincarnation—the mind searches out a new body at death?

   “Who was the first man to convince a population the body would rise again?

   “Who was the first man to add the ‘4th' dimension of man—the human soul?

  “Who was the first man to convince a population of His divinity?

   “Who was the first man to come up with the idea of a Holy Trinity? Three persons in one God: the Creator - the Enlightener - the Redeemer.

   “Who was the first man to conceive of a Savior? Who was the first God to send His Son to save mankind from sin? Born of a virgin, rejected by His chosen people, executed, comes to rule eternal life?”


He had me on the others. Yet, I had him on the last one, “God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to save mankind from sin.”

   He pounced on me, “Wrong! I asked for the first God to send His Son to save mankind from sin, not the last one.”

    He answered my confused look.

   "Dad. Human beings, as we are today, have been around for five hundred thousand years. Don't tell me you think God waited all that time to send His Son to save mankind from sin."

    I decided to let the little rascal have the floor.

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“In truth, all of these things happened hundreds of years, most of them thousands of years, before Jesus was born or even conceived of.

    “Let us take them, one by one, in the order in which each of them occurred; each prophet building on the imagination of the one who came before him.

    “Let us consider not only these few, but all of the  events since the beginning of time, which have evolved into what we have come to know as ‘faith’ today…”     continued in 'Confessions of a Murdered Pope'  

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Origin of the Human Soul




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I stoked the fire a bit and took my place opposite him at his table. 

    Closing his book, he peered over at me, “Aside from resurrection of his body, which common sense tells him is fantasy; the good Christian is bent on saving his soul, something he does not understand. 

   “Doesn’t make a lot of sense, does it?” He waited.

   I agreed. "You are right about the body. It makes no sense there are bathrooms in heaven. Yet, one still has the soul. You will never be able to disprove the existence of the human soul."

    He wormed his hook, "Why not?"

   I took the bait. “For starters, you can’t define it. You don’t know where it is. In truth, you don’t really know what it is.”

   Reaching over, grasping my arm, he held my eyes.

   I nearly fell off my chair. "But I do know what it is. I've found my soul. What's more, I have the proof!"

   The room fell respectively quiet. I waited anxiously for the little guy to make his astounding revelation. He was not to disappoint me… continued in 'Confessions of a Murdered Pope'

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Chapter 18

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He sat there with a book and a deck of cards.

    Ancient symbols peered out at me from its cover. It was the first time I had ever seen him with only one book.

    “Some kind of a game,” I thought.

    He read my mind, “Yes, you are right. We are about to play a game. An ancient game. Yet, it is not a game of chance. It is a game of certainty. I call it, ‘The Sure Bet.’

    I shot him a look as if he had lost his mind.

   “I am speaking here of the opportunity each of us have in this world to remove the question mark from the end of each of our lives.” He stopped as to assure himself I had not missed his opening.

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“As we have discussed, the Christian does not enjoy the slightest confidence in his destiny.

   "He does not really believe the fundamental truth upon which his salvation depends. He does not really believe Mary cheated on Joseph and had sex with a Ghost with a capital 'G' in the middle of the night."

    I shot him an annoyed stare.

   He shot back. "The mythical assumption he was born into. If Mary did not have sex with that Ghost, Christ is not God. Christianity crumbles to dust.

   "Of all the world's religions, the Christian enjoys the lowest level of confidence in his immortality.

   "He does not really 'believe' because he 'knows' his 'faith' is based on myth.

   “It follows, when the doctors tell him he is about to meet his God, he falls on his knees and prays for a miracle to save him from meeting his God.

    "He does not want to meet this God, he professes to love above everything else in this life, because his ability to reason tells him his God is not there."

  

Seizing the deck of cards, the little man fanned them across the table in a cutting thud.

    “This is the real world we live and die in. There are fifty-two cards in this deck. There are infinitely more cards in the vast deck of eternity. Yet, in the vast deck of eternity there is only one winning card.”

     His eyes roamed around the room as if to assure himself the walls were not listening. He waited for the crackling in the fire to cease before revealing his remarkable find.

    Lowering his voice: “I have struck on the secret of eternal life. One not based on myth, but based on the real world we live in today.

    "One no longer has to guess. One can know in this life, one will live forever in the next life.”

    Just above a whisper: “What is important for me, I have found it.”

     An octave higher: “What is important for you, I am about to share it with you…" continued in 'Confessions of a Murdered Pope'

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Dialogue/conclusions in 'Confessions of a Murdered Pope' are consistent with Albino Luciani’s doctoral thesis ‘The Origin of the Human Soul...'

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'Confessions of a Murdered Pope' is also published as 'The Reincarnation of Albino Luciani'

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