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CRUXIFICTION THEORY SPAWNING HATE THAT CAUSED HOLOCAUST IS REFUTED IN WORK HAILED BY SCHOLARS

 NEW YORK, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- James P. Jacobs, a noted biochemist, has set out to refute in depth the so-called "Deicide Accusation" blaming Jews for Christ's cruxifiction -- a source of mass hate leading to the Holocaust.
 Jacobs, who was a 1982 contender for the Nobel Prize in cancer research, is author of the new book, "Science, Faith, Echoes of Eternity" ($9.95, James Press) available coincidentally with current interest in the Holocaust stemming from dedication of the Holocaust Memorial in Washington.
 In response to the accusation Jews encouraged Christ's cruxifiction, which a Harvard study has labeled a prime contributor to the hate that engendered the Holocaust, Jacobs says, "It is the duty of Christians to examine the existing unbiased historic documents dating from the time of the birth of Christianity."
 In his book appealing to both laymen and scholars, he does so in depth, citing numerous documents and other evidence. He says this will enable them "to form their own unbiased opinion about the real circumstances which led to the sentencing and cruxifiction of Jesus by Pilate."
 James Lee Young, a former church journalist and seminary graduate, commented, "The one theme that stands out takes issue with the long tradition of centuries -- that Christianity overall held the Jews responsible for Jesus's trial and crucifixion. "Science and Faith" contends that the blame lies with humankind's pagan spirit." Young believes the book "offers an opportunity for adherents of both religions to meet on the plain of theology in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding...to be more spiritually tolerant of each other."
 Some reviewers maintain that "Science, Faith, Echoes of Eternity" is possibly the most valuable book published about Jesus and Christianity.
 "The average Christian reader will no doubt find this volume quite challenging," according to Dr. J. T. Pawlikowski, a professor at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Pawlikowski added, "The Second Vatican Council summoned global Catholicism to a new dialogue with the world, including other religious traditions and the scientific world view. Such a dialogue can genuinely begin with this volume."
 Professor Norm Beck, of Texas Lutheran College called the book "an uncommon combination of tradition, biblical world view and its relation to modern science and philosophy" while Professor Ernst Kasemann, Theologian at The University of Tubingen, West Germany, said he found Jacob's "theology and philosophy superb" even though he didn't share all his views.
 "At the very least this book will enlarge our perspective and our understanding of how the past locks into the present, how history and science and politics look into religion, and how events on the main stage of history affect individual lives for generations," contends Diane Byron, a writer/instructor at UCLA, San Diego State University, and California State University.
 The two-part book, written in understandable language comprehensible to those who are not familiar with philosophical terminology, begins with a reconciliation of science and religion and ends with a novel, "Echoes of Eternity," which Byron describes as "a monument to the human spirit. A song of praise of the ultimate triumph of love and faith and understanding.
 "Science, Faith, Echoes of Eternity" is available for $9.95 (postage paid) from James Press Inc., 1274 49th Street., Suite 145 PR, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11219. There is a 30-day money-back guarantee if not satisfied.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Interviews, review copies available./
 /CONTACT: L. Presser, 718-853-3863, for James Press/


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