Cloning Christ: A Challenge of Science and Faith Hardcover – Jan 1 2003
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From the Publisher
Authors Peter Senese and Robert Geis join forces in Cloning Christ, a brilliantly written theological thriller which provokes the question of how genetic science and faith may co-exist in today's world. The intricately developed plot, with originally created characters who are cast behind the backdrop of an assortment of scientific and religious perspectives held by people of the world today, challenge the reader at every turn to think through these current issues as the fast-paced thriller evolves into a story of good versus evil.
In this useful parable for our times of violent religious fervor, a geneticist and amateur archaeologist discovers a two-thousand-year-old cross and remains that stir up so much furor that people are killed in the fight to possess them. But the threat of being able to clone another Jesus is really the back story; the bigger issue is how to reconcile Christianity's respect for fetal life with science's new ability to create new life forms from stem cells and cloning. With a reading that smoothes out the long sentences and makes every word count, and a nice attempt at musical enhancement, the audio is entertaining and thought- provoking. T.W. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Contemporary fiction requires a process of active fact-gathering: the ability of an author to understand the root and context of past historical events in order to give credible life to a storyteller's work of art. In order for contemporary fiction to have believability a critical necessity is currency - that a writer get on the story's subject matter in a timely manner so that the intended message of the story will have an opportunity to reach an audience to whom the writer directs his or her words to.
In 'Cloning Christ', Peter Senese and Robert Geis thrust the reader into a spell-binding, mind absorbing story of currency as the issues of genetic 'human cloning' drive the criterion of currency, while displaying a unique ability of taken a 2,000 year old occurrence - the crucifixion of Jesus, and re-creating Jesus' possible birth through the tormented struggles 'Cloning Christ's' main character, Dr. Max Train, must endure as innovative life is given to wooden boards 2,000 years old.
The possible rebirth of Jesus, for many Christ, is innovatively created through the author's artful storytelling that essentially hands the possible True Cross of Jesus to the reader, and then says here's the Cross, what do you want to do with it?Read more ›
I have read some of the reviews on Amazon prior to posting my own review. I would like to add one comment I beleive will help anyone else who decides to review some of the comments posted prior to reading this book: Make sure you carefully understand the true identities of the characters in this book. There is much significance to the persona the authors create and fit into each person. If you follow and understand all that challanges each character and how they interact with the themes of the novel I think you will agree the authors have created a very special book.
There are some striking similarities between the two books in that both stories rely on the reader's perspective of faith to guide you to the inevitable 'what if?' endings. Also, the stories use female side-kicks to guide the story's main protagonist. Historically and educationally, it is very clear the authors' did more than their fair share of research. Most of all, both books excel the reader into frenetic concentration . . . so intriguing are the two stories.
So what differentiates the two stories? A great deal.
The characters in Cloning Christ stand out as a large, diverse, and eclectic cast. Broadly, but with razor-edge purpose Senese's ensemble of characters represent the spectrum of human emotion, human circumstance, man's faith in self, man's faith in one-another, righteousness vs. the self-righteous, good vs. evil, and those who support science vs. those who support theological procreation. The blend is perfect; the characters move in and out of the story, each leaving an impact on the scene they were in. From the onset, the readers become very attached, as if one, with Cloning Christ's protagonist, Train, as well as Sara. In The Da Vinci Code, the readers have little attachment to the protagonist, Langdon, but eventually come very close to Sophie. Historically, there were many questions I asked my self, and many facts that were pointed out to me . . . in both books. Landscapes and settings were terrific. In Cloning Christ the author's description of the city geography and its historical significance stand out.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Cloning Christ is a classic story of a person search for redemption and enlightenment. In Max Train, the stuggles the authors develop are multidemensional: combined with a plot... Read morePublished on June 17 2004
This book claims to be one thing, but is actually another. It tricks you into buying it by appealing to America's growing interest with Christianity and faith (witness the success... Read morePublished on May 26 2004
Once I began this extraordinary book, I could not put it down. "Cloning Christ" is so much more than a gripping suspense thriller. Read morePublished on May 4 2004
Peter Senese is a brilliant writer. Character, plot and settings take equal part in this fast-paced, suspenseful plot. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by Loava Swaringin
Rarely have I been so irritated by a book. Did they not employ spell check or a copy editor? Beyond the glaring grammatical errors, the title should have been "They Think I'm... Read morePublished on April 5 2004
This novel is one of the best books I've I read. Historically correct but put in a way that you can picture scenery and understand where you are in the story. Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by Patti Koran
In Cloning Christ the authors use of symbolism and biblical references in order to drive a story evolving around faith is terrific - making this thriller a smart read.Published on Feb. 8 2004
CLONING CHRIST and the story of Max Train is a passionate story of faith few writers, if any I have read, have come close to achieving. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004
Cloning Christ is an action packed novel that brings to the forefront of the readers mind many topical and traditional issues around personal faith, and introspective acceptance of... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Charles O'Brian
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