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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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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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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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Amazing..

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

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  • Jared
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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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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.

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A great reference book.

If you enjoy hoisting the religious in their own petards, this book will certainly help.

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point made!

hard to argue when it is clearly laid out. funny how as Christians, we supposedly study the bible in school and church but we are so blind to what is really says. only pick8ng and choosing what we want to apply. Buzz Kemper is fantastic as god, much better than Morgan Freeman, haha.

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Christian's Dilemma

Dan Barker presents words directly from the Bible. He also asks questions and makes comments about God that Christians need to answer. I would like to read what those Christians have to say.

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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.