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What if, through modern science, we had the power to bring Jesus back to life?
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Blood Doctrine is a fast-paced suspense thriller from author Christian Piatt with rich scientific and theological overtones. Inspired by a combination of the interest in the so-called “Jesus tomb” in Jerusalem and groundbreaking possibilities involving evolutionary genetics, the question is posed:

What if, through modern science, we had the power to bring Jesus back to life?

To download a sample draft of the prologue and Chapter Three, CLICK HERE

In general, members of the scientific and religious camps struggle with schisms based upon basic ideology. However, there are those who believe that the human intellect has given rise to both science and religion, and that somewhere between the two lies a reality that has the potential to expose both the best and worst of human nature. 

Blood Doctrine explores such issues as human cloning, the nature and power of faith, and the controversies surrounding humanity’s longing to control the essence of life itself. Blood Doctrine interweaves three stories that converge at the climax of the novel, spanning millennia and thousands of miles. The voice is rich in dialogue and rapidly paced from the beginning, revealing layer upon layer of mystery and suspense as the chapters swiftly progress. 

Though the premise of Blood Doctrine may challenge the comfort levels of some who consider science and religion to stand in contradiction to one another, the subject approaches this potential controversy with respect and a basis in real history, science, philosophy and cutting-edge contemporary social issues.

Christian Piatt is a well-known author and blogger in the areas of faith and popular culture. He writes for Huffington Post, Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, Patheos and others, and he has several books published, including the Banned Questions book series, a memoir on faith and family called PregMANcy, and his forthcoming book for Jericho Books called postChristian

Bestselling author/novelist Frank Schaeffer has agreed to edit the book. His books include Crazy for God, Portofino and many others.

Here's a breakdown of the total project budget:

Editing - $2,000

Design - $500

Copyedit/Proof/Typeset/E book format - $4000

First Print Run - $2250

T-shirts - $750

Postage/Shipping Supplies - $750

Fees (Kickstarter, Amazon Payments) - $750

What happens if the project raises more than the budgeted costs?

Additional funds raised will be used to pay for advertising and other marketing efforts, as well as to cover costs of additional print runs, if necessary to fulfill the rewards to supporters.

Why isn't there a budget for the author's work?

I already spent eighteen months working on this novel, which was a labor of love. Granted, completing the production of the novel is taking a great deal of time and effort, but I believe in the story enough to forgo any compensation, unless the book sells once it's published. 

What happens if the fundraising goals isn't met?

This is an all-or-nothing campaign. If we don't raise the required support, you will not be charged anything. The book will go back on the shelf, where it's been waiting patiently already.

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Risks and challenges

The manuscript draft is complete and all editorial, design, production, sales and distribution parties are committed. The only possible delays will be in the editorial and production process, which may add a few days - or at most, a couple of weeks - to the completion of all stages of this project.

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