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Cloning Christ: A Challenge of Science and Faith Hardcover – Jan 1 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing & Media (Jan. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971082642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971082649
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,937,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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By "speedracerwa2" on June 29 2004
Format: Hardcover
At the moment I can't recall another book that played with my emotions the way Senese and Geis' novel CLONING CHRIST has. The authors offer several extraordinary plot lines, including the existance of God in the form of mankinds' faith in the Lord. Additionally, the complex (socially, morally, ethically, and scientifically) issues of genomics and genetic science are brought to the forefront of the reader through a style that I though was clever: the authors choose to leave the complexity of genetic science's formations out of the story, but provide great insight of the complex issues via the strong plot line among the story's main character, Max Train, and the seperate interactions amongst the historically accurate Fifth Crusade. What I would like to say most is that seldom has there been a time when I went back to a novel to re-read it due to a fascination with the subject matter, the gripping style of the chase, and the historical accuracy for which a writer uses fact and wraps a compelling story around it. In CLONING CHRIST, I did that. And as much as this story is an educational piece, make no mistake, it is a first rate thriller that will not allow you to put the pages down.
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By A Customer on Dec 16 2003
Format: Hardcover
Cloning Christ is a book worth reading. The authors share well-thought-out perspectives on subject matter I, like most readers today, may be keenly interested in. The approach, through rhetorical creativity, is to bring the reader and the story's protagonist together as one. The irony is that I found myself at times contemplating who the main character in this wonderful story is: is it The True Cross, or is the protagonist the discoverer of this cross; Max Train? Either way, you will are about to enter onto a journey I know I appreciated!
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?
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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Cloning Christ a great deal. Few books I have read stayed with me after I finished the last sentence, and this book has. In the mist of a violent global chase for who Senese and Geis label 'The Cross-Bearer' conducted by a fallen cardinal, their writing moves the reader ( at least they moved me) into pondering questions of my own existence and how my actions relate to man's benefit in the relationship I have with my God.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
With so much talk about The Da Vinci Code going on, one of the sales assistants at my local Borders (Chicago) store suggested since I enjoyed Dan Brown's story so much, that I might enjoy reading Peter Senese's Cloning Christ.
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.
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