The major religions of the world base their legitimacy on the approval of God, gods, goddesses and angels. Their holy books, as well. Their founders are venerated by churches, temples and mosques. And public celebrations. Doctrines are laid out, heresies punished. Followers go to heaven, disbelievers to the other place.
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The bane of existence to priests, mullahs or monks are impartial historians who gather and analyse the documents and manuscripts from the time the religions came into being. Often as not there are discrepancies with the accepted versions. The founding fathers and their successors doctoring the facts.
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