The Bible Delusion - Why Belief in the Infallible Word of God is a Delusion (Nook Special Edition) Portable Atheist Press [NOOK Book]

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"The Bible story of the Deluge is at once the biggest and the most ridiculous in the whole volume. Any person who reads it with the eyes of common sense, and some slight knowledge of science, must admit that it is altogether incredible and absurd, and that the book which contains it cannot be the Word of God ...

Noah was commanded by God to build an ark for the ...
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Overview

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"The Bible story of the Deluge is at once the biggest and the most ridiculous in the whole volume. Any person who reads it with the eyes of common sense, and some slight knowledge of science, must admit that it is altogether incredible and absurd, and that the book which contains it cannot be the Word of God ...

Noah was commanded by God to build an ark for the reception-of the precious living freight, the dimensions of which were to be, in English measure, 550 feet long, 93 feet wide, and 55 feet deep. Into this floating box they all got; the flood then came and covered the earth, and all besides were drowned ...

How did Noah contrive to bring these beasts, birds, and insects all together in one spot? The task seems superhuman. Some species could be found only in very remote places—the kangaroo only in Australia, the sloth only in South America, the polar bear only in the Arctic regions. How could Noah, in those days of difficult locomotion, have journeyed in search of these across broad rivers, and over continents and oceans?

But suppose Noah to have succeeded in his arduous enterprise, the question still remains, how did he keep his wonderful zoological collection alive? Some of them could live only in certain latitudes; the inhabitants of cold climates would melt away amidst the torrid heat of Central Asia. Then, again, there are some insects that live only a few hours, and some that live a few days at the utmost: what means were adopted for preserving these? Some animals, too, do not pair, but run in herds; many species of fish swim in shoals; sometimes males and sometimes females predominate, as in the case of deer, where one male heads and appropriates a whole herd of females, or in the case of bees, where many males are devoted to the queen of the hive ...

How were all the animals, with their food, got into the ark? The dimensions as given in the Bible would be insufficient to accommodate a tithe of them; the ark could not have contained them all, if they were packed together like herrings or sardines. Even if they were so packed, space would still be required for their food; and for what a vast quantity! An animal even with man's moderate appetite would consume in the course of twelve months solid matter to the extent of four or five times its own weight, and some animals are of course far more voracious. This difficulty as to stowing the animals and their food into the ark is quite insuperable; it is not to be obviated by any employment of miraculous intervention. Not even omnipotence can make a clock strike less than one, and God himself must fail to make two things occupy the same space at the same time."


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    Why I am an Atheist

    This book, more than any other, fully captures why I am an atheist. If we apply the same logic and burden of proof on the Bible as we do in our daily lives, we will clearly see that the Bible is completely against common sense. It does take a good writer to formulate these arguments and observations, and this book is the best at doing so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2011

    Challenging book for Christians

    I am a Christian, but I believe it is important to see other viewpoints and not be a dogmatist. I must say that this was a very challenging book to my beliefs. I believe that my faith came out stronger as a result, however.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    Great read! Apparently written by a 19th Century British atheist, it is a beautiful example of that school. The cover shows it as a part of a series but I have been unable to locate any companion volumes.

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