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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

    Software engineer and avid, lifetime student. I like deep, thoughtful non-fiction, and fiction that compliments and enriches it.

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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.

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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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    Amazon Customer 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Tim Postma Jenison, MI USA 07-03-17
    Tim Postma Jenison, MI USA 07-03-17 Listener Since 2006
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    "God of the OT = Jesus"

    Most of us know that the god of the Old Testament is basically terrible. And Barker does a meticulous job of pointing that out. What we often don't realize in our current age of new-and-improved Christianity, one that tries to portray a soft and fluffy Jesus, is that the OT god and Jesus are the same being. Trinitarians in the crowd will shout out, "but they're not the same person." But so what. According to Christians there's only one god, so Jesus gets credit for all the horrific acts that happen before he actually comes on the scene. Sorry Christians. This expose was my favorite part of the book.

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    G Roy Utah 05-06-17
    G Roy Utah 05-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Redundancy is the point"

    Repetitive but the bible is nothing other but. Barker made me question if the bible is a good source to teach benevolent, kind, or good works? Maybe it would be if one only wants to teach strict, narrow, BCE and early CE judaic law to tabula rossa minds. I personally believe current ideas based on humanism, social and personal responsibility, science, and our interconnectedness with the life giving planet 'Earth' are superior to relying on 'The Holy Bible'.

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    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 04-08-17
    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 04-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredibly boring!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Concept is bad - can't be improved


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Ennui


    Any additional comments?

    Barker reads his book like the minister he was. he drones on and on so slowly, I can feel my hair growing. he has a point to make that God is terrible, and makes it in the first ten minutes but then gets redundant. Should be more discussion and less quotation. Sad!!

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    Chris Healdsburg, CA, United States 03-29-17
    Chris Healdsburg, CA, United States 03-29-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Bible companion"

    Beware: most of this book is quoting scripture with some ancillary commentary on the nature of the scriptures being quoted. That said, it was illuminating to see just how much the bible is a hostile witness for God. This would be a good reference book to have around when Christian (or Jewish) friends start making uppity declarations of God's will.

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