PsychoBible: Behavior, Religion and the Holy Book

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With 2,000 religious denominations and nearly 500,000 churches and temples in the United States, the Bible is not only doctrinally confusing, but behaviorally confusing, too. Is it a sin to drink alcohol? Will prayer cure the sick? Is homosexuality an abomination? Why is celibacy so highly valued? Do belief and feminism mix? How should the Passion be interpreted? In this enlightening and entertaining work, Armando Favazza, a world-renowned psychiatrist specializing in culture and society, explores these and other...

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Overview

With 2,000 religious denominations and nearly 500,000 churches and temples in the United States, the Bible is not only doctrinally confusing, but behaviorally confusing, too. Is it a sin to drink alcohol? Will prayer cure the sick? Is homosexuality an abomination? Why is celibacy so highly valued? Do belief and feminism mix? How should the Passion be interpreted? In this enlightening and entertaining work, Armando Favazza, a world-renowned psychiatrist specializing in culture and society, explores these and other questions and examines the impact of the Bible on behavior through time and space—from the Holy Book's gradual formation thousands of years ago to the present day. This is an indispensable work for all those interested in better understanding the foundations of society's—and perhaps even their own—beliefs and behaviors, and is a thought-provoking read for those not afraid to inform their faith.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972887519
  • Publisher: Pitchstone LLC
  • Publication date: 3/9/2004
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,464,785
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Armando Favazza is professor of psychiatry at the University of Missouri–Columbia Medical School and internationally renowned for his work on culture and psychiatry. His previous book, Bodies Under Siege, is considered a classic in the field.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    This book is for anyone who has ever had ANY questions about the Bible.

    Dr. Favazza's book was simply amazing! The amount of research he did for this book is astounding. He covers every question and concern I have ever had regarding the contradictions and inconsistencies of the Bible. He starts with the history of both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Then he addresses the Bible's rules about sexuality, alcohol, women and men, and God's role throughout the text of the Bible. If you have ever questioned the Bible and have wanted to know more, this is the book for you. It's easy to follow and understand, and Dr. Favazza injects just the right amount of humor to keep the reader comfortable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2004

    Please buy this book so he can keep coloring his hair

    This man wears me out. All his jibber jabber. He said this, they said that. There are better books out there.

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