- Unknown Binding: 270 pages
- Publisher: Freethought Press Assoc (1967)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0007DQBE4
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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Some mistakes of Moses
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Ingersoll's chapters on Noah's Ark and the flood to end all floods (pages138-168), the plagues God had Moses inflict upon Egypt (pages 190-209), the tower of Babel (pages 169-175), and the Jews flight from Pharaoh, including their forty years of wandering in the Sinai Desert (pages 210-240), render these stories fanciful and unworthy of literal belief, much less divine inspiration. This book is a must read for any thinking Christian or Jew. The author demonstrates logic, common sense,and humor. Ingersoll disects the contradictions and impossibilities of these, and other, Old Testament scriptures.
I am now reading "American Infidel: Robert G. Ingersoll", a biography by Orvin Larson. I recommend it as a good read too.
Better yet, he does it with a style and flair that is only comparable to Mark Twain! Most theists (especially Christians) will certainly STILL object to this book. Of course, Mr. Ingersoll used to get death threats in his day so I suspect the criticism by and large, is nothing new.
Regardless, if you're a non-theist or have an open mind and appreciation for a well crafted and written book, this one is for you!
I'm glad that our Jewish friend resolved to sustain his quest and that Alexandre was strengthened in his freedom from stagnant thinking. But this is not the end. This is not all there is to say about what the mono-theistic tradition can contribute to humanity. It is not the perfect remedy for the "holly bible" as a whole but the perfect remedy for the fear of questioning it, which leads to seeing it clearly for what it actually is and understanding its true value.
After the hilarious and witty Ingersoll, who will get you thinking, I recommend moving on to the excellent scholorship of Karen Armstrong, who will give you not only evidence to support Ingersoll's claims but a new way of understanding the tradition in question. Ready to accept the world with a God-shaped hole in it, I was floored to realize that such a perspective wasn't a clear way of understanding the situation at all. I can tell you with confidence that if Ingersoll peaked your interest that at least A History of God is worth a read (if not all of her other books as well, which I haven't read but am anxiously planning to). Another interesting argument (similar to Ingersoll's) about the nature of complacent awe of the Bible can be found in the first chapter of Who Wrote the New Testament? by Burton Mack.
Another fascinating perspective is that of the scientifically-focused Gerald Schroeder. All of his books are worth a read, but The Hidden Face of God is his most lucid account.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Over a hundred years since his death and his words are still powerful and relevant.Published 13 months ago by Michel Stango
Well here is a guy who puts it out there for someone to think hard about. Some stuff is suprising but a good book to explain the problems of Moses.Published 14 months ago by Richardm
If you're like me and need a hard cover of every book you buy, this will fit the bill. However, the choice of font is pretty bad and puts a strain on my eyes.Published 17 months ago by Dean Tersigni
Very insightful. This is truly one of the hidden treasures that you happen to stumble upon. This gem holds a strength in its words and if your open the ability to change your life.Published 20 months ago by Jeff Whitfield
"For many years I have regarded the Pentateuch simply as a record of a barbarous people, in which are found a great number of the ceremonies of savagery, many absurd and unjust... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Pax Romana
Highlights literal biblical inconsistencies from atheist viewpoint -- arguing points if drawn into debate by persistent biblical literalists. Not a centerpiece of philosophy.Published 24 months ago by Tim Foster
Reading Robert Ingersoll always leaves one amazed that he is not known as one of the greatest writers of his century. Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Michael
For those with an interest in Ingersoll and free thinking in US history, this is a great read. But I must mention that it's important to keep in mind that it is 134 years old (in... Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by CP1