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"If you ask Christians to describe the God they believe in, they'll tell you he's kind, merciful, and perfect. In this book, Steve Wells reveals the God of the Bible for what he really is: a bloodthirsty killer. In this meticulously documented book, we're taken through a series of slaughters that will make you rethink everything you learned in Sunday School. If you still worship God by the end of it, you have some explaining to do."
-Hemant Mehta, editor of FriendlyAtheist.com and author of The Young Atheist's Survival Guide
About the Author
Steve Wells is the creator of "The Skeptic's Annotated Bible/ Quran /Book of Mormon" (http://SkepticsAnnotatedBible.com) and is the author of the blog, "Dwindling in Unbelief" (http://dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com). He has spent way too much time (the last 20 years) analyzing the three worst books ever written.
Steve Wells is the author of the Skeptic's Annotated Bible and Drunk with Blood: God's killings in the Bible. He also created and maintains the website www.skepticsannotatedbible.com and www.dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com. When he's not critiquing the "holy books", he can usually be found with a field guide identifying insects/plants/birds, sailing, or auditing classes at the local university.
When my daughter saw the cover of my copy of "Drunk With Blood: God's Killings in the Bible," she asked, "So are you becoming a Satanist now?"
Drunk With Blood really is a horrible book ~ and what makes it such a horror is that it enumerates the sheer number of people whom God either killed Himself or else approved of their deaths ~ straight from the Bible!
From the back cover: Who has killed more, Satan or God? (Biblical numbers only, no estimates.)
That's slightly less than 2.5 MILLION people killed by God in the bible, folks.
In the introduction, author Steve Wells, explains how he came up with the numbers ~ he only uses the actual #s from the bible. For instance, in the story of Job ~ God gave Satan permission to kill all of Job's children & servants. The bible says he had 10 children. Since he was a wealthy man, Job probably had more servants than children ~ but "Drunk With Blood" doesn't count the servants' deaths. Which means that these numbers that Steve Wells came up with are actually under-representative of the # of people killed by God.
Steve explains that he also didn't include FUTURE killings ~ those promised by God in Revelation ~ since they haven't happened yet.
The promised End Times killings are ~ Wow ~ a horrendous # of dead people ~ to be killed by Jesus, himself! Rev 14 foretells "one like the Son of Man" swinging his sickle & "reaping" enough dead that their blood fills a huge winepress. Wells calculates that the amount of blood needed to fill this winepress would require the death of 24 TRILLION people ~ killed by JESUS!Read more ›
"The bible is the ispired and inerrant word of God." How many people take this statement for fact without ever having actually cracked open their dusty family bible, let alone having read through it? I was one of them for many years. Sure we all have our favorite bible stories that we were told as a child. Noah leading the adorable animals into the ark, Moses parting the Red Sea, or David and Goliath.
But how many of us stop to consider the millions of people, including the elderly, babies, and pregnant women killed in the flood? Were all the babies alive in the world at the time so wicked as to deserve being drowned? How about all the millions of innocent animals that were killed? How many innocent first born Egyptian children were murdered so that god could prove a point to a pharoah whose heart he had hardened? How many of us are familiar with the story of Moses commanding his army (after they had already killed all of the Midianite men, captured the women and children, plundered their valuables and animals, and burned their cities down) to slaughter all of the male children and non virgin female prisoners of war? Moses, being very generous, allowed the army to keep the virgins, all 32,000 of them (Numbers 31). How may of us know about King David's genocidal wars detailed throughout the books of Samuel? How many of us approve of god slowly killing an innocent baby to teach the father, the adulterous King David, a lesson? How many parents would tell their children the story of Elisha sending two bears to rip apart 42 children for teasing him (2 Kings 2 23-24) or the story of Jephthah agreeing to the human sacrafice of his own daughter (and god happily accepting) so that god could help him slaughter the Ammonites (Judges 11 34-39)?Read more ›
Drunk with Blood is both humorously entertaining and historically accurate; well, insofar as the Bible itself is historically accurate. While the pious reader may be offended by Wells's commentary, his inclusion of the relevant biblical verses and their context renders your offense moot.
It is worth stating clearly this is not a book of biblical interpretation wherein an angry atheist calls God a jerkface. This is, quite simply, a play-by-play recounting of a very large number of biblical stories we tend *not* to tell our children.
Evil spirits are from God. Genocide is condoned by God. Slavery, torture and dismemberment (among so many other things) are often facilitated through God. Fortunately you don't have to take my or Wells's word for it -- it's right there in the Good Book.
Finally, we see just how much God takes pride in his killings: "... for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." Exodus 34:14 (KJV)
Drunk with blood simply points out (and tallies) the instances of abuse, violence and injustice inflicted (often arbitrarily or for exceedingly trivial and silly reasons) by God on his creations. It is not meant as a deeper commentary on religion, culture or spirituality, but aims only to reveal what the Bible itself actually says - literally - about the God of the Christians. There is no contesting "the evidence", which is a common text shared by Christians and atheists alike; while many are sensitive about having the Old Testament depictions of the monstrously divine tyrant flung up in their face as they preach about God the kind and merciful, there is no reason that these central inconsistencies and fundamental differences between Christian faith and a literal reading of their gospel should be ignored.