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The X-Rated Bible: An Irreverent Survey of Sex in the Scriptures Paperback – April 1, 1999
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When "The X-Rated Bible" first came out in 1985, even though it was published by a small company it received some serious attention, and Akerley was forced into debates on radio and TV programs. His critics were unable to point out any serious flaws in his work and research - because he was merely quoting the "Holy Scriptures," not making anything up! For freethinkers and believers alike, Akerley has done a great service, because the Bible is a manual designed to manipulate the masses. The fact that very few believers actually read the "Good Book" and know little about its endless chronicling of perversion and genocide, constitutes proof that it serves as mind-control, as does the fact that those selfsame believers mindlessly believe the Bible is some great, spiritual work because their priests and pastors have selectively fed them "feel-good" passages. In reality, a close examination of the Bible will nauseate all but the most insensate.Read more ›
Mr. Akerley does a good job of presenting this ribald side of the Holy Book, and when it's not diluted by less interesting material, it makes quite an impression.
I'm waiting for the companion book, tentatively titled "The Blood-soaked Bible: A Gruesome Survey of Violence in the Scriptures."
I understand there's a problem at the publishers, as it's turning out to be a four-volume set.
This book offers a detailed account of the many lewd actions described and, what's worse, praised in the Bible; it's food for thought. And thought requires an open mind. That said, if you're one of those people who adore televangelists, forget it.
Also, forget it if you're looking for a piece of erotic literature or for a set of pornographic novels with a religious twist.
I really wonder when someone will write a survey of the pro-racist, bigot and fascist messages of the Bible, though.
He explains, "My interest in writing a book about Biblical sexual practices dates back to my college freshman year as a theology major when I studied the Bible formally, my approach then being both reverent and uncritical. I was astounded to discover the great amount of sex in the Good Book, for until that time, I had viewed it as the literal word of God." (Pg. vi)
Of the story in John 8:1-11 of the woman caught in adultery, he states, "Instead of denouncing this unjust and inhumane law [Lev 20:10], Christ merely challenged the hypocrisy of her accusers ... Thus the cruel and barbaric prohibition against adultery was given Christ's implicit approval and his hesitation to speak out against the law serves as a stinging indictment of his own moral code. Can death ever be considered just punishment for a mere sexual infraction?" (Pg. 112)
After quoting 1 Sam 18:20-25, he comments, "David was so intent on pleasing his future father-in-law that he and his men slew 200 Philistines and brought their foreskins to the king in exchange for Michal's hand... Thanks to Sigmund Freud and Women's Lib, nearly everyone is conversant with the concept of penis envy.Read more ›
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very interesting and thought provoking _ I am a committed Christian and, as such, take a fairly moralistic attitude. Thst is not to say that I am priggish. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Came in great condition just rated it a two star because of my liking of the book. Didn't really enjoy it.Published 4 months ago by Darlene palacios
This book is awesome and should be read by every person who likes to share biblical verses. I personally can't wait to close a few pairs of lips with scriptures of my own. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mrs. B.
If you want to know what the bible actually has to say around the topic of sex, then this is a fun book to read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Owen D. Edwards
The binding started falling apart the first time I opened it. I haven't read it yet, but the content seems as advertized.Published 15 months ago by Cheri
I admit that I did not buy this book (Thank God) but borrowed it. However, my opinions are just as valid, having read it. Also, realize that I, too, have a bias. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John T. Price
The author's humor and wit to his commentary on the most sacred and revered books of all times dealing with the subject of sex . Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by V. Monden
I just finished this book last night and while on my path to non belief Judges chapter 19 was a huge component this book BLEW me away. No pun intended. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer