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Veritas by Ariel Sabar
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Aug 11, 2020 | ISBN 9780385542586

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“‘Turn the lights low,’ said the famous Harvard professor, ‘and imagine that I’m in a trance.’ This astonishing book—part detective story, part exercise in reporting conducted at its highest level—reaches hold of you by the shirt collar and doesn’t let go. Here is a gallery of types that have surrounded Christianity since its earliest beginnings: the professionally cynical, the frankly mercenary, and the profoundly faithful. It is a tale that takes us from the offices of two Harvard presidents to, perhaps inevitably, that of a Florida pornographer. Exciting on every level, it poses the deepest question of faith: does it depend on the scholarly verification of ancient fragments or on what Heaney called a journey ‘into the marvelous?’ I was bowled over by it.”
CAITLIN FLANAGAN, author of Girl Land
“Sabar’s meticulous reporting shows how quickly the first victims of a forgery turn into con men themselves, desperately manipulating the evidence to keep plugging holes in a forger’s fragile story. A masterful portrait of desire and a gripping analysis of a scandal that reveals the blurred lines between scholarship, faith, and lies. An unprecedented contribution to the study of forgery.”
— DR. ERIN THOMPSON, art crime professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and
author of Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present
Ariel Sabar is an excellent investigative journalist explaining in detail a con that could have changed all of Christianity. Whatever the scam, the con artist and the victim both have an agenda.
— FRANK ABAGNALE, author of Catch Me If You Can
VERITAS is a fascinating journey into theology and academia, meticulously researched, well-written, consistently engaging.
— GREGG EASTERBROOK, author of It’s Better Than It Looks

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