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"In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible, Robert Hutchinson does a stellar job of defending the reliability of the Bible and demonstrating its immensely positive influence through history.  This book couldn't be a timelier rejoinder against the radical proliferation of assaults on the Judeo-Christian worldview."
- David Limbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus on Trial

"The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible is a timely salvo for the good guys. You'll be surprised at how much you learn -- not to mention how confident you'll feel the next time you're faced with hostile questions."
- Thomas E. Woods, Ph.D., author of How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

"Robert Hutchinson is a great reporter and a great defender of Holy Scripture.  Hutchinson has mounted an urgent, necessary and sprightly defense."
- Robert Moynihan, Ph.D. , editor of Inside the Vatican Magazine

"Comfortable and cocky atheists better brace themselves.  Robert Hutchinson's book systematically dismembers the old haggard arguments in this naysayer-slaying tome.  Read this book, find some annoying atheists, and let the good times roll.  They won't stand a chance."
- Doug Giles, nationally syndicated radio host

"Takes a no-nonsense approach."
- Human Events

From the Author

The Bible was once regarded as the "Good Book." But today it's under relentless attack from liberal skeptics eager to justify their own political agendas. The late pundit Christopher Hitchens, author Sam Harris, British academic Richard Dawkins and other widely celebrated writers warn the world about the growing menace of religion in the public square. Plus, the Jesus Seminar and documentaries such as The Bible Unearthed claim to demonstrate that little or nothing the Bible says happened really happened anyway. Even pop culture has gotten into the act, with the TV dramas such as The West Wing and the popular magicians Penn and Teller featuring much-ballyhooed "debunkings" of the truth of the Bible.

But now, in The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible,  writer Robert J. Hutchinson sets the record straight. Hutchinson sifts through archaeological and historical evidence to show that the Bible -- both the Old and the New Testaments -- is on solid ground as history, as a guide to morality and ethics, and as the creative force behind western civilization. In The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible,  you discover:
  • How modern archaeology supports, rather than undermines, the historical reliability of both Old and New Testaments...
  • How the so-called "inconsistencies" in the four canonical Gospels actually testify to their authenticity...
  • Why the ethical codes of the Old Testament were unique for their time -- and why that matters for life today...
  • How there were few voices in the ancient world that discerned any distinction between what was legal and what was moral or right -- aside from the biblical prophets...
  • How Biblical religion is not the enemy of science -- but actually made modern empirical science possible (which is why it developed only at one time and in one place in history, among millions of pious, church-going Christians in late medieval Europe)...
  • Why, despite what liberal theologians and popular novelists will tell you, Christians always regarded Jesus as divine...
  • Why you have to have a real ax to grind to think that the Old Testament takes a benign view of slavery -- and how the campaign to abolish slavery in Europe was led by devout evangelical Anglicans and a dozen popes...
  • How critics of the Bible often mistake descriptions of actual human conduct for God's will...
  • How by far the greatest slaughters in human history have been inflicted by "rationalists" and "atheists" -- often in the name of riding the world of "superstitious" Judaism or Christianity
  • How the Bible laid the ground work for modern democracy...
  • And much more!
Engaging and comprehensive, with interesting sidelights on how the Founding Fathers and great thinkers throughout history extolled the manifold virtues of deep familiarity with the contents of the Bible, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible establishes a strong line of defense for all those who cherish the Bible's role in shaping western civilization. If you're tired of ignorant and malicious Bible-bashing, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible is the perfect antidote -- a wonderful resource for religious educators, college courses, Sunday school classes and more.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Politically Incorrect Guides
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985209
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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144 of 174 people found the following review helpful By The Professor on March 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book solely because the adds for it said it covered how "the Bible made modern science possible (which is why it started in the middle ages)." I looked in the table of contents and could not find a chapter that was obviously on this topic, so started reading from page 1 and read until I finally came to it on page 137. This chapter was poorly documented, but this may be because the book is intended for laypersons. Nonetheless, the chapter (and the whole book) was well done and presented a good outline in support of the author's position. The book was so engaging that I finished it, and I am glad that I did, for I normally would not have read a book on the Bible. The chapter on slavery was especially useful, as I had assumed the common stereotype that many Christians were in bed with the slaveholders due to the claim that of the Bible condones the modern Western slavery system such as practiced in America, and the atheists and humanists were the main persons who opposed this slavery system. This common story, as this book documents (and as my outside reading, such as the book Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis (Oxford University Press) also documents, is inaccurate. I have concluded that Hutchinson's account is generally accurate, although incomplete. The section on the rights of women was especially interesting to me. Hutchinson writes that Christianity's stress on human equality (quoting the apostle Paul that there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor freeman, female nor male distinctions in Christianity, as well as historical writings) that "Christianity was undoubtedly the most pro-female religion in history" (page 191).Read more ›
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 29, 2010
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The popular book series by the name "Politically Incorrect Guide" (P.I.G.) is a collection of generally conservative defenses of traditional beliefs largely dismissed today because of their lack of resonance with politically correct values and beliefs.

For this reason, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by the apologetic (interacting with arguments as opposed to saying "sorry") tone of Robert Hutchinson's, The P.I.G. to the Bible. Yet I am. I'm pleasantly surprised by the sustained apologetic nature of the book. From the outset, Hutchinson launches a counterattack against the atheist crusaders (Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris et al.) and liberal scholars of today; those who are in the business of disparaging the Bible as barbarous, unreliable, oppressive, suppressive, (insert negative descriptor of your choice here).

Just as most assaults on the Bible today are as old as Christianity (e.g., the Bible endorses slavery, totalitarianism, capital punishment for planting crops side-by-side, etc.), Hutchinson presents afresh the traditional defenses to these assaults.

It should be pointed out that the title to the book has the potential to mislead readers. Although Hutchinson does address the New Testament, the main focus in the book is the Hebrew Bible or what Christians call the Old Testament, given his advanced studies in Hebrew and Judaism. Very little time is spent on alternative Christianities in the New Testament as we're so accustomed to hearing from the likes of Dan Brown, Bart Ehrman et al.

As a conservative Christian, I find this focus on the Old Testament refreshing. Many Christians have ignored the Old Testament for years and have, consequently, fallen prey to the official view of the Old Testament as barbarous and cruel.
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47 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth S. Smith on October 31, 2007
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What a relief to find a well-informed, carefully crafted, sprightly written explanation of the place of religion in ethics, history, and moral action. Impressive statistics and data, convincing reasoning. I started out somewhat skeptical but found myself drawn in as Hutchison built his thesis step by step. So much of current writing, movies, news, political speak assumes that religion is harmful or irrelevant. Hutchison esposes the dangers of that lie with skill and humor and power.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Peterson on November 16, 2007
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Robert Hutchinson presents a witty, scholarly, and well-documented look at the Bible. A superb wordsmith, Hutchinson treads on holy ground with various topics, including slavery in the bible, homosexuality, origins of universal human rights, elites against the people, today's culture war, and children, blessing or burden. It's a compelling book. I highly recommend it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jinger Jarrett VINE VOICE on November 21, 2011
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No matter how good the argument, some won't believe it. In the case of this book, the author makes a good argument for the idea that the law, as well as many of the scientific discoveries of Western Civilization, were made as a result of some who believed not only in God, but the teaching of the Bible. If you want to learn why Christians believe what they believe, then this book is a great place to start.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible explains how the Bible has influenced not only Western Civilization but also the world as a whole. It covers a wide variety of topics, including slavery, and what the Bible has to say about it, as well as Old Testament Law and how it was really applied. For Christians, as well as non Christians, this is an excellent way to find out what the Bible actually has to say about these, and many more topics.

I learned a long time ago that it's arrogant to believe you know everything there is to know about any topic. Even though this book is written at a basic level, similar to a 100 level college course, there's still a lot to learn. The author covers just about every subject that has caused controversy. He also covers, in some detail, how atheism has been used to hijack some of the relevant discoveries of Western Civilization. What makes this book really useful though is that the author includes many resources, i.e. additional books you can read, to explore further and decide for yourself whether or not what this book has to say is true. It's a fascinating study of a complex topic, and it's well worth reading.

Regardless of what your stance is on God, the Bible, or even religion, you'll find something interesting in the book, and I'm sure, as I did, you'll learn something you didn't know.
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