AUTHOR'S PROFILE: David Donnini

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David Donnini, born in Florence in 1950, works as a teacher at the Professional Institute "Leonardo da Vinci" of Florence. He got a Chemistry Ph.D. in 1975 but since long time ago has been interested in comparative religions and ancient Christianity. As a consequence of his scientific and lay studies on the literature of the New Testament and of its origins, he published two books in Italy. He made this research work on the subject, which was started more than ten years ago, mainly by analysing the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the writings of Flavius Josephus and Philo Alexandrinus, the works of Aeusebius of Cesarea, the canonical and apocryphal literature of the New Testament, the Gnostic Gospels and the ancient Greek texts of the Gospel, dated back to the fourth century, in which very interesting passages can be found which are no more translated in the modern versions. During this research work he also used the computer as an essential strategy, so doing a comparative analysis which otherwise would have been impossible or extremely difficult. By this way it has been made possible to emphasise a great amount of inconsistencies and contradictions among the four Gospels, by the examination of which we can reach important conclusions about the way they might have been written. For instance we can show the existence of a strong censorship, operated by the authors, made in order to intentionally hide some historical aspects of Christ's personality and of the community that had been grown up around him. David Donnini, who due to the open-minded character of his analysis is used to receive expressions of strong disagreement from those who do not want to renounce the idea that the Gospel narration is historical (at least in its most important structure), wishes to make it clear that the mentality by which he was moved does not belong to the classical materialistic anticlericalism. Asserting not to have any prejudice against spirituality but, on the contrary, to have a precise free and independent version of his own, which he never speaks about because of his repulsion of proselytism and propaganda, he made this analysis moved by a mere attraction to search the simple historical truth (within the often narrow bounds of the objective possibility). Presently he offers to the Internet public a very short summary of some essential points of his research work, hoping it will be able to help develop a free and democratic confrontation on the religious subject, especially when religions seem still to put heavy obstacles on the process of comprehension and dialogue among different peoples of the world.


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