- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Freedom from Religion Fndtn; 4th edition (February 15, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1877733016
- ISBN-13: 978-1877733017
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Born Again Skeptic's Guide To The Bible 4th Edition
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Fundamentalists would have us believe us that the biblical God is an all-wise, all-powerful, all-loving deity. The author puts the lie to that in a big hurry. Time after time, in hundreds of passages, the god of the Hebrews is shown to be a murderous, misogynist, xenophobic sadist. The Old Testament has God on numerous occasions ordering the murder of babies, the raping of women, and the annihilation of entire cities. Typical examples include 1 Samuel 15:2,3 ("Thus saith the LORD of hosts...Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling..."), Isaiah 13:15,16 ("Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished."), or Hosea 13:16 ("Samaria shall become desolate...they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.").Read more ›
I do not find her to be angry in the least, but rather sardonic and probably only because -like most of us - she was brought up to believe something to be true (Christianity in particular, but any religion fits here), something that upon further investigation appears to be highly suspect, if not downright unreliable. When so many passages contradict each other, get basic physics and biology wrong, and encourage such things as human and animal sacrifice, slavery, and genocide - it's astonishing more people don't discount The "Good" Book.
More people own the Bible than any other book, but very few people have actually READ it... Fewer still have read it with an unbiased eye. Admittedly, that is because most people have such a strong emotional attachment to their belief that they fear examining it too closely lest they lose their faith.
I highly suggest this book as a fantastic guide to the Book we're all told to believe but most haven't actually read. And if reading this book feels like betraying your faith, then I highly suggest reading the actual Bible, whichever version you choose (as there are many), and reading it all the way through. But, trust yourself to think FOR yourself when you do. And if you can set aside all that you've been TOLD, so that you can find out for YOURSELF, so much the better.
Many theists are taught only selected portions of the Bible. They conveniently gloss over the more horrific aspects. Ruth takes all passages into account, those where God is shown to be grand and those where he's spiteful, cruel and morally repugnant.
What makes the Born Again Skeptics Guide entertaining is Ruth's healthy dose of humor on almost every page. These comments are intended to show the absurdity of the Bible while maintaining the reader's interest. A couple examples I took from a random page include how Ruth describes a scene where Jesus feeds the multitudes when scant bread and fish (a very common story). To this she says "the Hebrew grocers hoped no one would catch on." Or when Jesus walked on water, Ruth points out, "anyone can walk on water, it all depends on the temperature." These examples come from a huge list of proposterous claims in one chapter. Other chapters dissect whole stories and one even is devoted to sex! And to think, the only book allowed sex offenders in solitary confinement is a Bible!
I give this book 5 big stars; it's both informative and entertaining. A challenge to theists and a resevoir of ammunition to atheists.
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Ruth nails it! -- a Jesus pun. Seriously, she uses humor and logic to rock it. Make sure your Christian friend reads it and wakes up. Read morePublished 14 months ago by GT
The name says it all. It shows the fallacies and inconsistencies that exist in the bible.Published 16 months ago by Robert72450
Caution: if you are currently religious, reading this book will likely change you into an atheist, or at least get you thinking about the crap you have been brainwashed to believe.Published on July 9, 2013 by Michael Scheid
I have read numerous books on Biblical history and meaning, and this book is both funny and accurately points out the numerous contradictions in Biblical text. Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by Virginia music lover
I gotta say that I'm going to read this book because of the negative reviews that created only a 3 1/2 star overall review! Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by JBP
Part One is a rant. The author follows the Bible trail with remarks that are all-to-often more scornful than they need to be. I don't think a Christian would be won over by it. Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Rennyrij
I've read The Bible. Been to every organized religious service offered in the name of Christianity. I quit asking the religious leaders questions because they could never answer... Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by B. Marie Morris
A complete waste of time and money and not even what the description states it is.
For example the forward reads, "... Read more