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National Sunday Law (1983): No, He’s Not Joking

Jan Marcussen, National Sunday Law (AT Publications, 1983)

A grid floats off to the horizon under the book's title.

You may have gotten this in the mail, like I did. It makes great kindling.
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I sincerely believe”, Jan Marcussen says in the final pages of National Sunday Law, “that there’s no way for you to read these amazing truths of God’s word without having a deep longing to follow Christ all the way…I know that you would never have read this unusual book this far unless you had a real interest in learning truth and following Jesus all the way.” Sorry, dude, some of us just got there because we were interested to see how far the crazy would go. But those sentence fragments do illustrate the book’s major failing—Marcussen is incapable of realizing that there may be a different interpretation to the few parts of this book that may actually be rooted in fact. I saw “few parts” because the rest of it, well, Marcussen is, to put it kindly, somewhat far removed from reality. The basis of this book is that (SPOILER ALERT, though I’m not putting the stop sign up there because no one could possibly want to read this mess) the Catholics are agents of Satan because they caused the Sabbath day to be switched from Saturday to Sunday in violation of the fourth commandment. Now, maybe these folks don’t know any Catholics. But here’s a quick question for you: what is the only mainstream Christian denomination in America that holds Saturday services? Bang, Marcussen’s entire hypothesis is disproved by simple observation. And that’s before he gets into the batshit numerology. (What is it the bible has to say about divination, exactly? Oh, yes: “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.” Deuteronomy 18:9-12. So even if you are a believer that the bible is factually-based, there’s nothing here for you.) Even were I willing to accept a book of fairy tales as an anchor for a morality, this tripe doesn’t even conform to said book of fairy tales. It would be amusing if enough people didn’t believe it for the title page to claim 35.9 million copies in print as of 2010. That makes it terrifying. (zero)

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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