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.
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 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.
Very good with references, quotes, and details. Interpretation is spot on just presented in a way I can use in discussions with family without getting emotional.
I'm familiar with Richard Dawkins's "The God Delusion," and the sentence upon which this book is based. I'm also familiar with Dan Barker from his YouTube videos and his work with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, so I had high hopes. Sadly, I wouldn't describe Barker's treatment of the subject as more exhaustive - almost insufferably so - than comprehensive. I'm not sure every word in Dawkins's original sentence deserves a full chapter - or at least each chapter could be half as long and still be effective. The chapter about Jesus, which ýis not based Dawkins's original sentence, could actually stand to be expanded. Barker's vocal performance was fine, but I particularly enjoyed Buzz Kemper's bass-baritone reading the Bible passages. Overall, worth the price and the time, but only just.
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.
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