Buy New
$40.50
Qty:1
  • List Price: $45.00
  • Save: $4.50 (10%)
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $2.91
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Rejection of Pascal's Wager: A Skeptic's Guide to the Bible and the Historical Jesus Paperback – May 22, 2009


Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$40.50
$39.91 $25.75

Frequently Bought Together

The Rejection of Pascal's Wager: A Skeptic's Guide to the Bible and the Historical Jesus + Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Price for both: $55.72

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on the current pick, "The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee" by Marja Mills.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 652 pages
  • Publisher: Authors OnLine Ltd (May 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755204611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755204618
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Paul Tobin is the webmaster and author of the Rejection of Pascal's Wager website. He holds degrees in engineering and business administration and runs an oil & gas equipment supply company. He is married and has four children.

"The Rejection of Pascal's Wager: A Skeptic's Guide to Christianity" is his first book. He has also contributed a chapter for the book "The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails" edited by John W. Loftus and published by Prometheus Books.

He is currently doing research for his second book, tentatively titled: "Pharisee at the Gates: Paul and the Hostile Takeover of Christianity."

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
2
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 8 customer reviews
One of the best skeptical books around.
Anthony
It is a must read for both skeptics and believers - to strengthen the arguments of the former and to challenge the points of view of the latter.
R. C. Symes
Given that choice I highly recommend you get this one.
John W. Loftus

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By John W. Loftus VINE VOICE on July 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Gerd Ludemann, author of several skeptical works on early Christianity, recommends this book "with the utmost enthusiasm." I do too.

Tobin's whole argument is aimed to show that Pascal's famous wager has no effect on us because we are not forced to choose between Pascal's Catholic brand of Christianity and unbelief. Why? Because the central claims of Christianity are false. He takes aim at the Bible to show that while it may be a great work of literature it is not the word of God. And Tobin backs his claim up with his massive 652 page book, complete with a nice bibliography and indexes.

If you're a Christian who deconverted at a later time in life then you need to re-learn most all of what you were taught about the Bible. If you were college and seminary trained like me, this can be a difficult thing to do. So you could go on a massive reading binge spending many hours and a lot of money feasting on book after book. Or, you could just read this one. Given that choice I highly recommend you get this one. Tobin masterfully takes us through the Bible using critical scholarship to show us what we can and cannot know about it. It has helped me remember several things I learned back in seminary but had forgotten. It taught me some very interesting things I hadn't yet thought through as a skeptic, and I think I've read a great deal on the subject since my deconversion. Tobin showed me I hadn't read enough.

It's all here for the most part, in an encyclopedic fashion, covering the ancient myths, the errors, the lack of confirming archaeology, the failed prophecies, and the forged authorship. He also covers the ad hoc canonization process and the textual transmission of these texts.
Read more ›
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul Doland on August 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
After Mr. Loftus' review, I'm not sure what more I can add? Yes, this is a great book. I have been a fan of Tobin's work for years, and it is great to finally have a book available at a reasonable price.

As to Mr. Christensen's point, well, Tobin does spend some time covering theistic counterarguments, and why he finds them not compelling. But, ultimately, somebody wanting to research both sides should indeed consult theist sources directly. After all, I get annoyed when theists only consult theist works when considering atheist positions, so, likewise, it would be fair for a theist to want their side to be aired by a theist.

So, in short, get this book, and any theistic book you want, and put them head to head. I think you'll find Tobin's work outshines about any theist book out there. But, of course, that is an exercise for the reader.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Symes on January 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Rejection of Pascal's Wager is a must have book for anyone who is serious about critically examining the claims of the Bible. It is a more user friendly compendium of the material on Tobin's website of the same name. The book distills the fact-finding and arguments of some 296 books by authors who examine the Bible from an historical, scientific, theological and rational point of view. He clearly shows that the Bible's contents are mostly unhistorical and mythical, thereby undermining the claims of two major religions. In this one handy and easy to understand 650 page volume, is amassed the best arguments against the belief in Biblical inerrancy and claims by fundamentalists that Jesus was the prophesized Messiah who rose bodily from the dead. Tobin exposes the Bible's contradictions, myth-making and deceit by both its authors and defenders who are pursuing their own theological agendas. He clearly marshals fact and reason to counter and skewer the many claims of both fundamentalist and liberal believers against the skeptical point of view. Having the wealth of information from so many scholars captured in this one book makes it well worth its price.

Some quibbles: the current title is too obscure for most laypeople, who will miss what the book is about; the summary conclusions at the end of each chapter are uneven with some lacking detail compared to others; there are too many grammatical and spelling errors throughout the book (a hazard of self-publishing with no competent proof-reader) - e.g. calling Pilate a "perfect" rather than "prefect" (p.223), and the Emperor Caligula, "Carigula" (p.505), and spelling "know" as "now" (p.290). However, these shortcomings do not detract from the validity of the book's findings. It is a must read for both skeptics and believers - to strengthen the arguments of the former and to challenge the points of view of the latter.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David C. Mack on February 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
This excellent book is also available on Kindle but as of this comment of mine the link to the Kindle is not currently shown on this Amazon page. To order the Kindle version you can go to this Amazon link and the price is much more affordable as a Kindle download.

http://www.amazon.com/Rejection-Pascals-Wager-ebook/dp/B004O6MSY2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1329054050&sr=8-2
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?