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  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert J. Hutchinson, a veteran religion writer, studied philosophy as an undergraduate, moved to Israel to study Hebrew, and earned an M.A. in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He writes frequently on the intersection of religion and popular culture. He lives in a small beach town on the west coast of the United States with his wife and five children.

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Very accurate with the information put out as well.
Sean Bennetts
Not since Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell have I read such a wonderful book on defending the Bible and biblical principles.
J. Gates
If you are open-minded (the atheists never are), then you will profit by reading this book.
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131 of 159 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 the book 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 am glad I did, for I normally never would 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 slave holders because the Bible condones the modern Western slavery system, 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). He then discusses why this is true, noting that a large number of women became Christians partly because of how they were treated in the early church.Read more ›
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44 of 57 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joel Barnes 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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27 of 35 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan D. Parker on November 21, 2007
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Both theist and atheist alike must come to terms with some of the compelling arguments presented in this book: mainly that the Bible has shaped modern society as we know it today. Though his worldview may offend some, his reasoning is solid and supported by references which the reader can examine himself. Also some good quotes by various historical figures concerning the Bible.
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6 of 7 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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