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Fundamentalism - the belief that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and literally true word of God - thrives on ignorance, not just of a general sort, but an ignorance of the Bible itself. The ability to perceive contradictions in a written text, to appreciate the nuances of historical and literary context or the intentions that ancient writers hide beneath their words are hard-acquired skills in the best of times. Fundamentalism presupposes none of them. Rather, it marks a return to the rote memorization of ...
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Fundamentalism - the belief that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and literally true word of God - thrives on ignorance, not just of a general sort, but an ignorance of the Bible itself. The ability to perceive contradictions in a written text, to appreciate the nuances of historical and literary context or the intentions that ancient writers hide beneath their words are hard-acquired skills in the best of times. Fundamentalism presupposes none of them. Rather, it marks a return to the rote memorization of tropes and verses that stood at the beginning of the demystifying process. When a fundamentalist says he "knows" the Bible, he means only that he can repeat its content selectively, often citing the Old Testament as though it were little more than a prelude to the New.

Self-Contradictions of the Bible is an ingenious response to fundamentalism. Compiled in 1859 by William Henry Burr and published anonymously, this work made modest inroads to public opinion but then went quickly out of print in 1890, long before the famous Scopes trial. In it Burr answers text with text, proposition with proposition, and doctrine with doctrine - a tactic that infuriated his evangelical opponents.

Here, in its original 1860 format, the reader can come to appreciate a classic of nineteenth-century religious liberation.

"This startling document should stir considerable debate." -Booklist
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  • ISBN-13: 9780879754167
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1987
  • Series: Classics of Biblical Criticism
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I had forgotten some of the disturbing passages in both the Old and New Testaments. The book is organized well, with each chapter comparing contradictory verses about a given topic. I wish it was longer.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Excellent book

    Draws back the curtain and proves that the authors of the Bible were, in fact, ignorant, superstitious men with no understanding of how the world works. By the way, Joseph was not Jesus' biological father, so how was he descended from King David??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Pathetic.

    The guy doesnt know anything about the bible. His book says that the bible contradicts itself, but take for example were he says that jesus grandfather is one guy and then he says hes another guy in Luke:3 well its been proven that one is the father of mary and the other the father of joseph thats not contradiction thats fact.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Don't bother. Writen by someone who has no clue about the Bible.

    Don't bother. Writen by someone who has no clue about the Bible. Passages taken completely out of contex.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 15, 2012

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