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Dissecting the Bible: An inquiry into the Bible from a modern medical perspective Paperback – December 20, 2012
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"Doc" Skeptic, MD, FACP is a board certified physician and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is married with children and lives in Southern Maine. The recipient of many awards incuding Student of the Year and Teacher of the Year, he is in private practice as an internist. A congenital member of the Plymouth Brethren until he started thinking, he remains a lifelong student of the Bible and related documents. He is passionate about science and takes every opportunity to learn and disseminate new information.
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I really liked "Doc" Skeptic, MD's writing style; I found it very easy to read. I also appreciated the fact that he never succumbed to overt sarcasm to get his point across (though I imagine it was tempting). He allowed the facts (or his calm speculation) to speak for themselves. Even though, as an unbeliever (or, more accurately, a former believer), Doc was preachin' to the choir with me, I still find sarcasm to get a point across off-putting for this type of material. Perhaps because it doesn't allow me the pleasure of adding a healthy dollop of my own snarky outrage. But also, when reading critiques of, say, religious or political viewpoints, I always have in mind someone of the opposite persuasion and how something like sarcasm and such might affect their sensibilities. I find the best arguments simply don't require it and can alienate the very ones you are trying to persuade.
I thought some of the analyses seemed to play out to an almost illogical extreme. This is not a criticism. It's just that, as I was reading some particular analysis, I'd think "why bother to continue to dissect such obvious ridiculousness?" Then again, and why I say this isn't a criticism, I do think that if he were to have truncated his argument at a more "reasonable" point, no doubt some nit-pickin' Apologetics aficionado would find the "loophole" and point out what was missed.
As a layperson, I obviously have little to no knowledge of the medical issues Doc discusses. I leave analyses of the accuracy of his diagnoses to more qualified individuals (and would be very interested to read such). That said, I think he does a more than admirable job explaining sometimes complex issues in straight-forward language accessible to the average person.
Even though the focus of the book was on analyzing the Bible's medical miracles, I really appreciated the many asides, such as the parallel readings of the Gospels, genealogies and other "synchronous" Scriptures. It's something I've always wanted (but never cared enough) to do. I once started to do that with Revelation (talk about repetitive weirdness) for my own little Bible "study," but decided I had much better things to do.
One thing missing that would be very helpful to have included is an index. The book is worthy as reference material (if only for the layperson, but I expect medical peers as well, and let's not forget skeptics, apologeticists and the like who might stumble upon this). An index would allow someone to quickly find salient points without having to peruse sometimes multiple pages or even chapters to find a specific passage.
Five stars for content; I can think of no worthwhile criticism of his writing style, tone of voice, content, or logic to the flow of information presented (other than I really like it). All the more impressive considering that English is not Doc's native language.
Knocked down to four stars for a few minor flaws: The previously mentioned need for an index, and there were a few typographical, grammatical and style errors that caught my eye. Perhaps in the Second Edition these will be addressed.
A great first effort Doc!