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Blaming Jesus for Jehovah: Rethinking the Righteousness of Christianity Paperback – February 10, 2016
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"This book is written by the man most comparable in our day to the great 19th century communicator Robert G. Ingersoll. In it, Price bypasses the usual cadre of apologists and clergy gatekeepers by taking his case directly to the fleeced flock of sheep still caged in their pew stalls. This book will liberate many of them, guaranteed!"
--John W. Loftus, author of Why I Became An Atheist and How to Defend the Christian Faith
"Blaming Jesus for Jehovah is a masterpiece of scholarship. In accessible, clear, and plain language it exposes the moral bankruptcy of Christianity."
--Peter Boghossian, author of A Manual for Creating Atheists
"Evaluating scripture from the perspective of an unbeliever, but with the academic expertise of one who learned his way out of belief, Dr. Price illustrates significant problems with the core concepts of Christianity, problems which are remarkably even worse than the fact that there's no discernible truth to any of it."
--Aron Ra, author of Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism
"Like Islam's derivative text, the Qur'an, [the Bible's] pages are filled with tribalism, misogyny, animal cruelty, slavery, and slaughter at the hand or command of God, and treating the book as a blueprint for living has caused centuries of unspeakable cruelty. In Blaming Jesus for Jehovah, Price shows that trying to separate Old Testament from New--trying to separate Jesus from Jehovah--doesn't solve the problem. In fact, it is impossible."
--Valerie Tarico, author of Trusting Doubt, from her Foreword
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And what makes the amazing transform into compelling is that Mr. Price was once a believer and defender of this faith he now, so accurately, contextualizes in this good book. He lost his own faith after turning through so many gyrations himself as to wake one day to find himself pretzel-like from defending the indefensible.
Why is this same phenomenon not obvious to all believers? Well now THAT is the interesting question isn't it. I, personally, have always believed that what is truly interesting about the faith and those who defend it is not the doctrine and dogma, the creeds and writings - but rather the need to believe. The need that is so incredibly strong that otherwise intelligent people will do anything - believe anything - to try to rationally hold on to something that can no longer be held.
In my opinion, the most compelling part of the argument here in the book is the view that these "stories" - beliefs in Jesus whether written or extrapolated - are really what you would expect to find when mere humans with an overwhelming desire to believe in something - anything - "reverse engineer" the death of Jesus to try to make sense of it. The truth is that jesus clearly had a message that really resonated with the illiterate and destitute of ancient palestine who found themselves yet again the subjects of oppression and discrimination with little or no hope of the "promise" of a new world that came from the jewish scriptures. With the promise of this man named Jesus came hope and when that "promise" just quietly ended with the man crucified as a common criminal then stories had to be told that made sense of such an ignominious end. Those stories have problems. Those problems persist and are compounded by the findings of modern science, psychology, geology, myth, and more.
What motivates the human animal to believe in the face of all evidence to the contrary? In my own opinion it is fear. Fear of death and the related realization that yes, virginia - this life is all there is. It is all you get. Please do the best you can for you will not get another chance.
Wake up christians. Or not - as you are so very afraid. Sleep well then. I will pray for you.
I'd only recommend this to someone who is seriously questioning their faith. If you're on the fence, then this book will more than likely do one of two things: piss you off, albeit eventually have you agreeing with the author, or piss you off, and have you hating (or maybe praying) for the author. If you're already in the author's blasphemous ideological camp, then it will certainly make you smile, and perhaps even literally lol, as I did quite a few times. Either way, it's a great read, in my opinion, and I highly recommend it.
I attempted and failed to read an earlier Price book on St. Paul, but it was too erudite for my tastes. In contrast, Blaming Jesus for Jehovah is pared down and easier to read. Also, you get the sense Price is writing this book to heal his own "schism" as he struggles with the Bible's contradictions. Recommended.
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Nothing but typical anti-christian jargon (stupid number of words rule)