What words come to mind when we think of God? Merciful? Just? Compassionate? In fact the Bible lays out God's primary qualities clearly: He's jealous, petty, unforgiving, bloodthirsty, vindictive - and worse!
Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and best-selling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction.
Barker combs through both the Old and New Testaments (as well as 13 different editions of the "Good Book"), presenting powerful evidence for why Scripture shouldn't govern our everyday lives. This witty, well-researched book suggests that we should move past the Bible and clear a path to a kinder and more thoughtful world.
©2016 Dan Barker (P)2016 Pitchstone Publishing
Fantastic and enlightening book. Kept to the bible with minimal outside input and whatever input was added was mostly helpful and insightful. Only thing I can say bad about this is that Dan Barkers reading speed was a tad slow and a bit monotone at times.
Extremely well written and put together. Both educational and entertaining at the same time. I have no doubts in recomending this book to anyone who wishes to be educated about what is really in the bible, both old and new testament.
I liked the book, but it was a little tedious at times. But I should have expected as much to a point, as it is basically scripture study. But there is SO MUCH that was not taught to me and/or I glossed over in my early days of devout religion. Awesome.
Software engineer and avid, lifetime student. I like deep, thoughtful non-fiction, and fiction that compliments and enriches it.
This book consists largely of bible verse quotes interrupted by a sentence or two of commentary. It is encyclopedic, literally, and about as interesting a read. It's a fantastic reference, and I would recommend any questioning regionists read this as opposed to just reading "The Scriptures" everyday.... I suspect the bible lulls believing readers into selective perception, mixing enough seemingly-good content that it is possible to forget or overlook the clearly bad content. This book is a dictionary account of all that bad stuff, but if you are already a fervent atheist, reading this book will feel a lot like reading a dictionary - mostly mundane, with a few exciting new items you'd forgotten about or never knew were in the lexicon.
I was aware of some of god's nastiness, but this book nails it. The encyclopedic/reference nature of the book prompted me to buy the hard copy for use when evangelists come to my door. I doubt any have seriously considered the awfulness of the scripture they promote. Anyone for bible study?
Dan should have read the bible verses. The person reading the bible verses was difficult to listen to, for me anyway.
Yes, I would have appreciated Dan reading the verses.
📍. . . Saving Grace . . . 😇 . . or . . 😡. . ⁉️The one 'Saving' grace about "God" is that it confirms my conclusion that religions are best thought of as political parties with their sacred books as their manifesto. That is, Christianity could be compared to the Republicans only Jesus was their Donald Trump. If that isn't scary enough, then, you should hear the words they put in the mouth of their tribal god -- Yahweh/ Jehovah/ Elohim/ Adonai/ El Qanna (Jealous God) -- anything and everything imagined -- some of which was simply "deplorable".My thesis should not be all that hard to grasp given the fact that the 'state' and 'religion' were always, until the most recent times (by the separation of church and state) so mixed and interdependent that one could not survive without the other -- like a two-headed dragon. This system however was totally dependent upon an uneducated populace; now things have changed -- sorta. In ancient times though the church and state were one in the same with 'nothing' separating the two. They ruled their subjects as well as each other.It was all about power, control, and taxes, ah, excuse me: 'contributions'. Be warned though, this book is not that easy to listen to, it's a total overkill, but I managed to finish it, almost -- (well I finally finished but it took a while). Reviewing the reputed words of the Almighty, its obvious that whoever the real authors were, they thought of little else besides wetting their swords with someone else's blood then burning their flesh to appease their diabolical tribal god. They even had their vengeful god encouraged his chosen people to "feel good" while they were "bashing the young ones [Philistines babies] against the rocks❗️Yeah, I know, but their it is and I'll bet that you'll never hear a Sunday sermon base on these proclamations; yet this type of rhetoric is not isolated in the Old Testament. Alas, I couldn't stand any more of the intolerable vile curses and damnations heaped upon their perceived enemies by the ancient, evil rabbis.Evidently these decrepit evangelists concept of God was arguably just a larger version of themselves; really, the authors of the Old Testament were truly horrible in mind and deed. Sick individuals and this book exposes their distasteful legacy for what it is/ was, and therefore I still recommend it but only for devout Christians or for anyone wishing to solidify their atheist leanings. This book will fix both problems.May 'God Bless'Bill
Three things: EDIT❗️ EDIT‼️ and Edit some more 🙄
Frank discussion of a sacred, sensitive subject. Well done.
No, unless growing bored is an extreme reaction.
Change subjects. Here comes (again) self improvement. Lucid dreaming, anyone❓
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