The following is a small portion of H.G. Wells’ "The Failure of Jesus of Nazareth," one of 41 articles in Disinfo’s new anthology, Everything You Know About God Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Religion, edited by Russ Kick. Other contributors include Richard Dawkins, Neil Gaiman, and Douglas Rushkoff. All major religions, and some minor ones, are covered. Specific topics include: attending a Muslim students’ conference, the Sixth Dalai Lama’s erotic poetry, the actual Jesus you find in the Bible, the unknown authors of the Gospels, the musical legacy of nonbelievers, the non-legacy of the Ten Commandments, anti-Semitism in the "Left Behind" novels, sexy Hindu sculpture, atheism, exorcisms, confession, Confucius, the Tibet myth, dung gods, Osho, snake-handlers, Magdalene Asylums, Mark Twain’s little-known takedown of Christianity, and much more, plus 50 images (including a photo of three little girls smoking pot as part of a church service) and a comic (by Neil Gaiman).
Wells is best-known for his proto-science fiction works from the 1890s, including The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, and The Invisible Man, but his next-to-last book was partially about his dreams, including a dream he supposedly had about meeting Jesus. Here’s the first bit of it: