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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento State philosophy professor says he’s been stalked, threatened and warned.

It’s all because of his book “Atheism and the Case Against Christ,” that many are against him.

“I had to get the police involved at one point,” said Professor Matt McCormick.

The hate mail this professor ranges from personal attacks to threats, he says.

“Kind of ominous sounding threats about God’s going to get you, and God’s going to clean the slate, and judgments coming,” said McCormick.

It all began more than a year ago when he started promoting his book.

“We should not believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead,” said McCormick.

He discusses that on page 11. And half of the book is dedicated to his skeptical analysis of the absolute fundamental belief of Christianity that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

“Those are fighting words for some folks, and I’m obviously in the minority view for that. So that stirs up some attention,” said McCormick.

McCormick says he has no shortage of critics sending rants, diatribes, manifestos, and sometimes he’ll get warnings to expect an uninvited guest.

“He said, ‘I’m going to be in town tomorrow and I’d like to talk to you,’ ” McCormick said one person stated.

He says he’s more cautious than most professors, constantly looking over his shoulder on campus. He’s fearful the online attack will become a face-to-face confrontation.

McCormick is passionate about his views; and he says he won’t stop writing, even if one of his biggest fans tells him he should.

“My mother says I should stop talking and writing on this stuff,” McCormick said.

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