- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: SAB Books; 2 edition (July 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988245116
- ISBN-13: 978-0988245112
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
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Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible Paperback – July 16, 2013
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About the Author
Steve Wells is the author of the Skeptic's Annotated Bible and Drunk with Blood: God's killings in the Bible. He also created and maintains the website www.skepticsannotatedbible.com and www.dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com. When he's not critiquing the "holy books", he can usually be found with a field guide identifying insects/plants/birds, sailing, or auditing classes at the local university.
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One of the reasons is it is so critical to not only own up to the violence of Scripture, but also to have an answer for it, is because the violence of God in the Bible is one of the main reasons people today are rejecting Christianity and denying the existence of a good and loving God.
So if you happen to be a Christian who doesn’t know the Bible is violent, OR if you happen to think the violence of God in the Bible is “no big deal,” let me invite you to read Drunk with Blood by Steve Wells. If you are a fundamentalist Christian, you will probably be offended at the humorous approach Steve Wells takes in pointing out all the violence of Scripture, but I think that humor is the only way to write a 300-page book detailing all the violence in the Christian Scriptures. If the book didn’t contain humor, by the time we were done reading about all the killings in the Bible, most of us would want to kill ourselves as well. Without the humor, it’s depressing reading.
As for myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I have read lists of the violence in Scripture before, but never one so detailed, so thorough, and so entertaining.
I personally don’t think Steve was “fair” with all of the biblical accounts of violence, since he often cuts off quotations in mid-sentence, but with all the clear “unfairness” in Scripture where actual human lives are getting “cut off” by God, it’s hard to quibble over minor details like that.
Look, if you want to know how the Bible looks to someone who doesn’t read the Bible through “Christian-colored” glasses, you must read this book. And if you want to know why Christians are often seen as hypocritical and violent, it is because we defend the actions in the Bible as “holy and just” while condemning identical behavior in people of other religions.
As a Christian myself, I believe this book should be mandatory reading for all Christians.
Its simple and straight to the point.
For those who believe in compassion and love, the Bible is not for them.
Hopefully the author will also cover the god Allah in a future book. Highly recommended.
This book represents a detailed review is every violent event in the bible. You can actually look them up by type!
There is little doubt, after reading even a portion of this book, that the bible is the greatest war story ever written and that God is the worlds formost military commander.
A truely excellent and monumental work. Next time anyone tells you Christians worship a God of peace tell them about this book. God's violence, and that which he orders his followers to do easily exceeds that done by Islamic terrorists, Hitler, Salin and all the other psychopathic dictators in history.
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