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God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction

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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

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    Jared Prosper, TX, United States 10-15-16
    Jared Prosper, TX, United States 10-15-16 Member Since 2010
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    "good, but not recommended for bible-aware atheists"

    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.

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    Me, myself and I 09-08-16
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    "Amazing.."

    .. how some people in this world still see it as a "good book", what a horror... Scary and amazing at the same time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 08-02-16
    Kristin 08-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing."

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Abraham R. 09-13-16
    Abraham R. 09-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Finally, we hear what is not cherry-picked."

    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.

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    Shayna 05-19-16
    Shayna 05-19-16
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    "God worse than I already knew."

    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.

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    "greatly enjoying the book"

    greatly enjoyed this book although breaking up some of the longer Bible text my might've helped it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Hiner 10-24-17
    Keith Hiner 10-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "useful"

    the book is a bit laborious to get through, however the content / information is well organized and will prove as a good point of reference when engaged in countering religious zealots.

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    Jan D. Leslie salem,nh usa 10-01-17
    Jan D. Leslie salem,nh usa 10-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "the Old Testament is horrible"

    Book could be subtitled Everything you didn't want to know about the Old Testament, but knew enough not to ask.
    in fairness if you care to know the Good Book the passages brought up need to be known, understood, and addressed.

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    M. Nobles 09-24-17
    M. Nobles 09-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Most Unpleasant Character In All Fiction"

    Dan Barker does a great job compiling hundreds of verses from the bible to demonstrate every negative attribute of the god of the bible and has added some reasonable commentary along with it. This is truly a good book as it cuts out all the fluff and filler and shined a spotlight on all the putrid filth and blood dripping from nearly every page of the damn bible.

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    Anonymous 09-14-17
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    "Better as a reference book."

    The title lives up to it's name. If there is any problem with it, it would be the incessant ramblings of its source material.

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