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The X-Rated Bible: An Irreverent Survey of Sex in the Scriptures
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147 of 178 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 1999
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"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. As the great statesman Thomas Paine said, quoted by Akerley:
"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel."
And the eminent freethinker Robert Ingersoll stated:
"Nobody holds with greater contempt than I the writers, publishers, or dealers in obscene literature. One of my objections to the Bible is that it contains hundreds of grossly obscene passages not fit to be read by any decent man; thousands of passages, in my judgment, calculated to corrupt the minds of youth."
Ben Akerley has compiled these various obscene passages in one easy-to-read book that loosens the bonds of erroneous beliefs which have caused inconceivable carnage and turmoil upon this planet. And his wonderful work has now been re-published in a beautifully done layout by the experts at Feral House. The back cover blurb runs, "That's right, friends. We're talking about the Holy Bible, a book filled with incest, rape, adultery, exhibitionism, debauchery, abortion, prostitution, drugs, bestiality, castration, scatology - all the nasty stuff!" In exposing the Bible's "dirty little secrets," Akerley cites scripture, chapter and verse, and explains sexual euphemisms and innuendoes designed to go over the heads of the common folk, which they obviously have. "The X-rated Bible" is truly a unique book that should be read by all who are interested in what the Bible really says.
Acharya S Archaeologist, Historian, Mythologist, Linguist Member, American School of Classical Studies
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 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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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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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42 of 55 people found the following review helpful
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
on May 9, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2005
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I totally agree with the author when he states that the bible is nothing more than "an ancient book of fables, legends, history and moral precepts recorded by men" And I also concur that the bible is an unspeakably barbaric and draconian book and should be rated "R", not suitable for minors. Adults in general should be aware, that unless they are willing to read a grossly violent book, full of hatred, discrimination, treason, deceit, lies, murder, genocide, pillage, cruelty, torture, rape, forgery, etc., etc., etc.; they should also expect a high dose of sexual related matter and obscene passages. What you hear from the priests is only the selected "good" material and people usually ignore all the (overwhelming) obscure and nasty parts of the scriptures. In fact, they all suffer from something called "Selective hypocrisy" ! Mr. Akerley's book is a good example of an eye-opener for all those hypocrites who still think that the bible is the non-plus-ultra of all the books. Even worse, those who think it's the word of god...........!? However, Mr. Akerley seems to have a pathological obsession with sex. He seems to over exaggerate the erotic contents and his interpretations of some passages are biased and confusing. Only someone with a sick mind could be able to find so many messages with an erotic content in almost every chapter of the scriptures. I mean, there are countless passages containing sexual messages in the bible, but many of them, can be interpreted as naïve, rather than obscene. In this respect, Mr. Akerely's book has been a disappointment and therefore, deserving only a three star rating. Not all is bad, there are some excellent interpretations. My favourite is from Genesis 4:1-17 Here Cain conceives a son (Enoch) with his wife............. Wait a minute, what wife are we talking about? Supposedly, in the beginning there where only Adam and Eve, who had two sons, Abel and Cain. So, where the hell does Cain's wife come from?? Did he "do" it with Eve? Or did he have an unnamed sister? Either way, we're talking about an incestuous relation!! Go figure!! Read the book, and get to your own conclusions. A - Men!
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2002
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"The X-Rated Bible by Ben Edward Akerley and [two other books] are richly interesting, fastidiously researched and arguably important contributions to their respective subjects."
Los Angeles Times Book Review, August 18, 2002
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