Travis Benson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 69% (11 of 16)
Location: Calgary
In My Own Words:
I'm a student of religious studies and an extensive reader on the subject.My present prediliction is towards my masters studies on holocaust denial and antisemitism in the modern Western context. I also enjoy religious history and writers on the subject of spiritual transcendence.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,654,425 - Total Helpful Votes: 11 of 16
Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
I bought this book because it was cheap (mark-down bin cheap) and boy howdy I am not disappointed. Al Franken's masterful use of comedy to slice through political double-speak and stonewalling is amusing and enlightening. I would not claim that Franken is a bipartisan writer-he himself admits to being a liberal- however, he does methodically tear far right wing ideologues such as Anne Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill O'Rielly a proverbial 'new one' on all the lies and doublestandards they've used. What I take him to mean in the highly sarcastic title 'a fair and balanced look at the right' is perhaps balanced as a synonym for sane; sanity being a trait that the above mentioned persons… Read more
Lying About Hitler by Richard Evans
Lying About Hitler by Richard Evans
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Holocaust deniers are an enigmatic group in the modern world. One that insists, for various reasons, that one of the greatest tragedies of the modern age was a mere hoax. In the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary these people insist the Holocaust simply did not happen; how can they say this? this book by Richard J. Evans about his experiences as a material witness for the defense in David Irving's Libel case against Deborah Lipstadt sheds some light on how denier's history works. Evans' job during the trial basically consisted of checking over David Irving's writings and determining if he was just a 'revisionist historian' (which the deniers all claim to be) or if he was in… Read more
The Birth Of Christianity by John D Crossan
The Birth Of Christianity by John D Crossan
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough read, but good, Jan. 12 2004
This book can be seen as a companion volume to Crossan's earlier work, "The Historical Jesus". This book seeks to reconstruct the pre-textual Christianity; the time when Christianity was a loose knit group with no central doctrine. He attempts this through a very exhaustive examination of how oral traditions function and reconstruction (based on the earliest texts) of what these groups might have appeared. I think Burton Mack did a better and more inclusive (not to mention shorter) job of describing Early Christians in his book "Who Wrote the New Testament". For one Crossan seems to be still clinging to the idea of reconstructing the historical Jesus rather that the… Read more