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Imagine if both Monty Python and Socrates reviewed the Bible,
This review is from: God Hates You, Hate Him Back: Making Sense of The Bible (Revised International Edition) (Paperback)
As other reviewers have pointed out:
--The Bible is brutally boring (and most atheist or theist don't know this because they've never read it from cover to cover)
--Werleman is brutally funny (yet it must be mentioned that he provides keen scholarship, a good historical context, and often a poignant view of both ancient and modern society).
The combination is a wonderful, edgy yet comprehensive tour of the Old and New Testament, from Jehovah brutalizing humanity in Genesis to Jehovah brutalizing humanity in the Book of Revelation. And in between and beyond how most of humanity has made himself in his demented image. This is one of those rare books that will make you laugh during and after reading it, and unfortunately cringe as well when you realize the collective psychological trauma it has caused to Western Society.
Werleman nimbly seasons the book with both atheist and theist wisdom of the ages, grim statistics from inside and outside the Bible, and both passionate and compassionate commentary. And when he has to, Werleman lets the Bible narrative speak for itself, for better or worse. An entertaining but balanced read in the end, as well as good reference not only for knowledge of scripture but anti-apologetics as well.
The book is far from a polemic, though. Werleman certainly calls as he sees it, but he's honest enough to understand that the Bible is simply the stories of an ancient people in a brutal time that should be seen in that context (and the horrible damage done by those who refuse to!). He points out the places he found wisdom, the characters he saw as admirable and even the theologies that are inspirational (as are found in any ancient text).
Good fiction is supposed to make you laugh and cry. Werleman takes the reader into a journey through a fiction that will certainly make you laugh and cry. And hopefully the reader can keep laughing because his message is ultimately very serious-- literalist religions have been slowly killing humanity's spirit for the last 2000 years.
The Gnostics realized God truly hated humanity thousands of years ago and proceeded to mock the Almighty for his shortcomings. It's good to see Freethinkers doing the same today(hopefully they won't receive the same fate as the Gnostics). Whether Jehovah exists or not doesn't matter-- he's just as dangerous as he was at the beginning of time.
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Initial post: Jul 17, 2011 10:05:57 PM PDT
Kindle Customer says:
I have read the bible, and it is not boring.
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