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Product Details

  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Feral House; 2nd edition (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0922915555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0922915552
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The X-Rated Bible," a survey of sex in the Holy Bible, is simply one of the best books on the market. It should be mandatory reading, particularly in consideration of the fact that the "Good Book" is pushed worldwide as "God's Word." As "X-Rated's" author, Ben Akerley, points out in detail, the Old Testament is full of sexual perversion, not only on the part of "infidels" but also on that of the "chosen people," whom most people have been led to believe were godly, pious individuals who never did anything remotely "bad." Au contraire! The "great patriarchs" and "heroes" of the Old Testament would be considered perverts and criminals by today's social and moral standards. But the New Testament also does not escape criticism, as Akerley reveals the bizarre and pathological attitudes regarding sex therein as well.
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.
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If you have a drop of irreverent blood in your veins, you'll get a big kick out of this book. It deals with the most believable aspect of the Bible: that people were no different then than now. Just as crazy, just as horny. Also just as nasty to one another.
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.
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This book explores all the dirty parts of the Bible and shows that the Bible, far from being the prudish book that the Moral Majority would like to think it is, is full of the stuff. Highly recommended. The author does have an obvious anti-religious bias, and the book is published by the American Athiest Association, but that doesn't distract from the central point of the book which is that the Word of God contains reference after reference to sex, and not all of it in a negative light either.
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Those who have given this book negative reviews just by "coincidence" happen to be either religious fanatics or disappointed people who were looking for erotic literature, but instead saw that this work was all about showing that the Bible is not as "good" a book as the Church wants us to think it is.
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.
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Ben Edward Ackerley is (was?) a member of The American Natural Hygiene Society, and a friend of James Hervey Johnson (editor of 'The Truth Seeker'). He said in the Dedication of this 1984 book, "This anthology is dedicated in general to the countless number of persons whose efforts have served as an antidote and a counterforce to the all-too-numerous militant pro-censorship groups trying desperately to curtail our priceless heritage of freedom of expression in the first republic in history founded on the bedrock principle of the absolute separation of state and church." (Pg. i)

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.
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