- 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 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The X-Rated Bible: An Irreverent Survey of Sex in the Scriptures Paperback – April 1, 1999
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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This book is awesome and should be read by every person who likes to share biblical verses. I personally can't wait to close a few pairs of lips with scriptures of my own. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrs. B.
If you want to know what the bible actually has to say around the topic of sex, then this is a fun book to read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Owen D. Edwards
The binding started falling apart the first time I opened it. I haven't read it yet, but the content seems as advertized.Published 9 months ago by Cheri
I admit that I did not buy this book (Thank God) but borrowed it. However, my opinions are just as valid, having read it. Also, realize that I, too, have a bias. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John T. Price
The author's humor and wit to his commentary on the most sacred and revered books of all times dealing with the subject of sex . Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by V. Monden
I just finished this book last night and while on my path to non belief Judges chapter 19 was a huge component this book BLEW me away. No pun intended. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Ben Edward Ackerley is (was?) a member of The American Natural Hygiene Society, and a friend of James Hervey Johnson (editor of 'The Truth Seeker'). Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Steven H Propp
my rabid atheist was sooo thrilled to get his book and dug into it immediately! Last year I gave him the R Crumb illustrated book of genesis, which I also recommend to everyone who... Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by NINA