Examines the what, who and why of the alterations of Scriptures creating controls on human sexual behavior when the first "Bible" was initially created in about 408 CE; it also examines the man-made intentional alterations, to subsequent Bible editions and publications, for the express purpose of controlling human sexual activity. This book is not an attack upon Scriptures nor the precepts of Christianity, but rather it challenges those man-made alterations that have condemned masturbation, incest, prostitution, adultery, homosexuality and bestiality. Some of these condemnations were created and added to Bibles within the last few years by "controllers," but passed off as though God or Christ uttered those condemnations in the original Scriptures. There has never before been written a book such as this one, for it is plain talk about how these "controllers" are doing everything they can, including flat-out-lying so they can control us by controlling our sexual behavior.
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This is not a scholarly work. Although there is a bibliography, none of the chapters are footnoted or annotated, so it is impossible to know the sources of his particular ideas. One of his conclusions is that incest is not only natural, but should be allowed in modern society. He frequently relies on the anecdotes of "well-educated" persons he refuses to name, including a lady who asserts that lapdogs were initially used to perform public oral sex on their female owners. A quick Google search turns up no evidence of this whatsoever; what are his sources? AOL, geocities, angelfire, Playboy, and Penthouse show up in his bibliography. On amazon, the author states in reply to one negative review that his book was recommended by Harvard. I found no evidence of that, either. The book is startling in its conclusions, but feels unprofessional in all respects -- from the style of writing, cover, binding, poor editing, and references. Not recommended.
Ritter's 'Sex, Lies and the Bible' is not always an easy read, though not because of his presentation, but rather the subject matter. The book challenges the reader to examine long-held beliefs. His arguments make sense of very complicated subjects, even if you disagree with his conclusions.
I found 'Frank' Ritter's application of logic to historical inconsistencies found in the Bible fascinating! We know the Bible has been changed many times and the analysis offered by the author could be correct or not. Still, Frank Ritter's viewpoint is interesting and worth reading.
I believe that Mr. Ritter addressed this publication, regarding 'conventionally' viewed sexual behavior, Biblically presented references and 'nonconventional' practices, with a combination of insight gained as a private investigator, his religious upbringing and personal beliefs. His treatment of sexual activity with an open, unbiased view of that which is acceptable by the participants is refreshing. His research of the Old Testament, the various editions of the New Testament and numerous related books and articles is impressive.