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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2006

    An Atom Bomb in the Freethought Arsenal

    You really have to get this book if you are a serious critic of God and the Holy Babble. The Bible, de facto, is nothing but the writings of ignorant men long dead and gone---I almost say, 'Thank God' for that--- and to claim that collection of claptrap as the 'Word of God' is well-nigh blasphemous. I noticed that one of the previous reviewers, a man of faith, claimed that a person well-versed in the Bible and Theology could refute the author's point of view. This is total hogwash. Admittedly, some contradictions are real stretches, while others are point blank dead on. Besides that, this book lists mathematical mistakes that are beyond dispute, although a religionist could claim copyist errors for these. It is interesting that Thomas Paine in his Age of Reason listed one of the more famous of the misuse of somebody's Abacus in the 'Good Book'. That is Ezra and Nehemiah's same exact account of certain men by tribes. An extensive list is then given in both books with the SAME EXACT TOTAL. Yet when you add up the figures given you find the amount of both books are different and neither add up to the total. Another excellent chapter in this book deals with the multiple methods of Salvation in 'Holy Writ'. You'll find all of these are in the Bible and all of these have at least one church that bases their theology on them, yet each is a vast contradiction of the others. I'll list them here, but you'll need this book for the verses that support them. They are: 1. Salvation by Whim [Caprice]--God saves whomever he wants to and that's that. 2. Salvation by Works [Good Deeds]. God saves the just and law-abiding. 3. Salvation by Faith Alone. [This one is the current favorite as it requires no effort at all.] 4.Universalism: Everybody will ultimately make it to Heaven. 5.Anihilationism. [Nobody will be saved as nobody survives death anyway. Job, Genesis and Ecclesiastes support this notion and so did the Jewish sect known as the Sadducees.] 6. Predestination: [Calvin's favorite]. This is similar to whim, except that here, a person is written among the saved or the lost from the beginning of time, and nothing on your part will change things one iota. Despite the horror of this doctrine, it has substantial Biblical support. The above material is far more damaging to fundamentalists than a few contradictions. For those interested, I'll give a well-known contradiction and the fundamentalist answer that explains it away: Judas committed suicide by hanging out of remorse according to Matthew. Yet Acts mentions his death in a great fall? Is this not a blatant screwup? Nope: According to fundies, this is what really happened. Judas purchased some land, that had a cliff, hanged himself on a tree, a great wind arose and the bough broke and Judas plunged to the rocks below and his guts spilled out. Interestingly enough, there are no Biblical accounts of 'cliffs' or a 'great wind'. If you can call the above 'logic' then you shouldn't read this book, and keep your nose in the Bible. How the famous contradiction of whether it was God or Satan who tempted David to number [census] Israel is to be solved is quite easy!!! Viz! God and Satan are the same dude!! Now, didn't you suspect that all along??!! This book is wonderful, and is dead wrong, or mistaken in only a few places, usually verse reference errors, and some faulty logic. Otherwise, this book is a painstaking result of serious scholarship. I am also a scholar of linguistics and world religions and believe me, a person who really knows history, and can read eight languages like me including Latin, Classical Greek, and Hebrew, finds little fault in the arguments of this book's author, but an infinite amount of tomflubbery in the typical Fundamentalist sermon. Get this book if you're into Freethought or want even MORE reasons to reject the faith most of us in the USA were raised in [including myself].

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2001

    REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT - MUCH NEEDED

    I was almost 30 years old before realizing that there were intelligent, trustworthy writings that were critical of the Bible. McKinsey has given us a truly objective view of what we have been told is a flawless communication from God, and McKinsey's view is eye-opening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    Exceptional! Recommended for any Skeptic!

    This book has changed the way people I know think about the bible. It shows the invalidity of the bible and the hundreds of contradictions and errors that litter the pages. This is a must read for any skeptic who dare get on the bad list of those Jehovah's Witnesses, Apologetics and Born-agains who wish to convert.

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