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Product Details

  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House; 2nd edition (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915552
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By adding historical information and his own thoughts, The X-Rated Bible is a very worthwhile study.
William McEwen
If the Bible presented sexual sin as a beautiful and desirable thing, it could be used not to debunk Christianity, but to rationalize sin within the faith.
John T. Price
I suppose the bible should say "Thou shalt not <substitute bad stuff here>." and leave the rest up to us.
B. Hudson

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147 of 178 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
"The X-Rated Bible," a survey of sex in the Holy Bible, is simply one of the best books on the market. It should be mandatory reading, particularly in consideration of the fact that the "Good Book" is pushed worldwide as "God's Word." As "X-Rated's" author, Ben Akerley, points out in detail, the Old Testament is full of sexual perversion, not only on the part of "infidels" but also on that of the "chosen people," whom most people have been led to believe were godly, pious individuals who never did anything remotely "bad." Au contraire! The "great patriarchs" and "heroes" of the Old Testament would be considered perverts and criminals by today's social and moral standards. But the New Testament also does not escape criticism, as Akerley reveals the bizarre and pathological attitudes regarding sex therein as well.
When "The X-Rated Bible" first came out in 1985, even though it was published by a small company it received some serious attention, and Akerley was forced into debates on radio and TV programs. His critics were unable to point out any serious flaws in his work and research - because he was merely quoting the "Holy Scriptures," not making anything up! For freethinkers and believers alike, Akerley has done a great service, because the Bible is a manual designed to manipulate the masses. The fact that very few believers actually read the "Good Book" and know little about its endless chronicling of perversion and genocide, constitutes proof that it serves as mind-control, as does the fact that those selfsame believers mindlessly believe the Bible is some great, spiritual work because their priests and pastors have selectively fed them "feel-good" passages. In reality, a close examination of the Bible will nauseate all but the most insensate.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2001
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If you have a drop of irreverent blood in your veins, you'll get a big kick out of this book. It deals with the most believable aspect of the Bible: that people were no different then than now. Just as crazy, just as horny. Also just as nasty to one another.
Mr. Akerley does a good job of presenting this ribald side of the Holy Book, and when it's not diluted by less interesting material, it makes quite an impression.
I'm waiting for the companion book, tentatively titled "The Blood-soaked Bible: A Gruesome Survey of Violence in the Scriptures."
I understand there's a problem at the publishers, as it's turning out to be a four-volume set.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1998
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This book explores all the dirty parts of the Bible and shows that the Bible, far from being the prudish book that the Moral Majority would like to think it is, is full of the stuff. Highly recommended. The author does have an obvious anti-religious bias, and the book is published by the American Athiest Association, but that doesn't distract from the central point of the book which is that the Word of God contains reference after reference to sex, and not all of it in a negative light either.
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41 of 54 people found the following review helpful By "algenicus002" on November 13, 2003
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Those who have given this book negative reviews just by "coincidence" happen to be either religious fanatics or disappointed people who were looking for erotic literature, but instead saw that this work was all about showing that the Bible is not as "good" a book as the Church wants us to think it is.
This book offers a detailed account of the many lewd actions described and, what's worse, praised in the Bible; it's food for thought. And thought requires an open mind. That said, if you're one of those people who adore televangelists, forget it.
Also, forget it if you're looking for a piece of erotic literature or for a set of pornographic novels with a religious twist.
I really wonder when someone will write a survey of the pro-racist, bigot and fascist messages of the Bible, though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa C on May 8, 2011
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The Author of this book, Ben Edward Akerley, does a great job of uncovering all the erotic passages in the Bible, helping to prove that it is not the good book Christians see it as. This book makes it easy to see contradictions in which the Bible states not to partake in such sexual acts, but there are passages in which biblical idols do so. Also, it explains why sexual practices done today such as circumcisions were really done back then. It is easy to see that even people back then were very sex driven, and in some cases even more sex crazed than people nowadays, engaging in activities such as gang raping and incest. After reading the book, those who are devout followers of the Christian religion should have a hard time taking much of the Bible seriously. Given the examples set forth by many of the biblical idols, they should have a less conservative view of their own sexuality as well. If you are interested in viewing the many contradictions along with the truly shocking nature of many acts depicted within the Bible firsthand, I strongly recommend you to pick up this book for yourself.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2001
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i found the book very interesting and entertaining. there was also some very good information that you can talk about in parties and gatherings and start very interesting conversation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Nellernator on December 1, 2006
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this book is really good.

it provides the reader with background of the author which helps you extablish his stance. he is/was (?) a professor at a university (and an atheist), and a christian organization rallied against some activity or group that was made for or involved homosexuals, and he wrote in their newspaper about how they're really oblivious to all the sexual commentary thats actually in the bible. he educates the reader on the verse and gives other insights to them by psychologists, philosophers, even archeologists. it shows you verses in the bible under different headings like "homosexuality", "abortions" "rape", "sodomy and masterbation" and other things that most people don't assume are in the bible, but actually are.

the problem i had with this book was at the end, it had an application that is to be mailed in for either an Atheist book club, or some sort of Atheist organization. its almost like he's saying "well, since i've shown you all there is about christianity, and pulverized its arguments and beliefs, you really have no choice but to become an atheist". i'm sure, being an atheist he knows what its like to have someone trying to force their religion down his throat, but that is kind of what he's doing. and when you can show the invalidity of one religion, like christianity, then there isn't an obligation to atheism. theres also theism, deism, agnosticism, buddhism, muslim, sikhism, jainism and the other million religions there are out there.
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