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Warning: Reading the Bible can be hazardous to your Christian faith,
This review is from: The Skeptic's Annotated Bible (Hardcover)
When I received my copy of The Skeptic's Annotated Bible my first thought was, Holy heck, it looks just like a bible! I love that the SAB is King James Version: the only bible recognized by True Christians(tm)
The annotation uses category icons to indicate bible verses which are contradictory, unjust, cruel, misogynistic, violent, contradictory, and just plain absurd.
The Skeptic's Annotated Bible cites 384 verses which are misogynistic and insulting to women. When should you cut off a woman's hand, without pity? What should you do with a wife that no longer pleases you? What to do with a menstruating woman? How are women saved? Ever wonder how to find out if your wife has been unfaithful? The bible has the answer! Look it up - the Skeptic's Annotated Bible makes it easy.
My favorite category in the annotation is "Absurdity" which includes 2178 verses. Skimming for verses categorized as "absurd" in the SAB sheds a very different light on The Word of God. The bible is cuckoo crazy ... especially in the KJV.
"It ain't the parts of the bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand." Mark Twain
As a former Christian apologist, reading the Skeptic's Annotated Bible makes me SMH in dismay that I ever believed the bible is credible or defensible. I fancied myself a "student of the Word" - a "workman who needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth" - but in retrospect, it is clear to me now that I only read the bible through the charlatan-colored lens of Christian fundaMENTALism ... with emphasis on the "mental."
Thank you, Steve Wells for compiling this awesome resource. The Skeptic's Annotated Bible strikes a calamitous blow to biblical inerrancy ... may that "firm foundation" crumble leaving True Believers(tm) solidly standing on a huge pile of Doubt.
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Initial post: Mar 27, 2013 12:53:54 PM PDT
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A. Tina Yoxtheimer says:
Growing up in the South taught me two things: BREAD IS WHITE AND SO IS THE BIBLE!
I'm 55 years old and it's taken me over 30 years to remove the "Gluteny Goodness" that has been shovelled into my god-hole! More over, just recently, I have become aware that there are many "Children of God" who have been led out of the church, too...I am GLAD to be among them!
Twitter has afforded me links to outstanding folks, like Vyckie D. Garrison, http://www.NoLongerQuivering.com, who gave me, a total stranger, heart-felt support; and whose passion in bread-breaking is so well diversified and balanced in the "breaking-of-head" that results from Spiritual torture and abuse. Who else besides Vyckie is better suited to a sum-up book review of Steve Wells THE SKEPTIC'S ANNOTATED BIBLE?
Vyckie Garrison's layered writing positions and presses you in between the pages of a book you've never even opened, much less sat in your lap. (Or *have* we?) She's discriptive and decerning to synoptic detail and elaborates on elaboration! The only thing more powerful than that would be if she had used a Mark Twain quote...Oh! She did! ;)
I've got 20-some-odd Bibles still sitting around the house. I would have never thought I'd need me another Bible! Ha! But I gotta have THE SCKEPTIC'S ANNOTATED BIBLE! Thanks, Steve Wells! Thanks, Vyckie D. Garrison
YOU MEAN IT'S "OK" TO EAT PUMPERNICKLE? :O
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Posted on Sep 11, 2013 11:51:44 AM PDT
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Gerald Parker says:
Tina, I am glad, too, that this study Bible uses the Authorised "King James" Bible, still by far the best translation. Using one of the modern versions only would hint at lack of serious intention (as well as lack of literary values) on the part of this sceptical annotator. I am dubious about what it can achieve, so many sceptics' arguments being so specious. However, I do think that believing Christians should not shirk the arguments of sceptics, but read them and confront them head-on. As I age (and I am 70 now) I more and more look askance at how the Bible has been interpreted, but that does not mean that I disbelieve it. I am curious, always, at what sceptics have to say.
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