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  • Hardcover: 553 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (Jan. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879759267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879759261
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #320,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kent Ponder on March 24 2004
Format: Hardcover
Though I've owned this book for years, each time I pick it up I find nondebatable biblical errors I hadn't focused on before. This book could serve as a sanity test for anyone claiming to be a biblical inerrantist, since so many hundreds of clear-cut errors, blatant contradictions and dramatically preposterous absurdities are quoted with complete references and commentaries. Though I was a Christian missionary, and have a doctorate in linguistics from Georgetown, a Catholic university, I nonetheless am amazed by the sheer quantity of clear errors that McKinsey catalogues.
I rate the book at five stars even though the author occasionally throws in unnecessary, emotional harangues that detract from the otherwise scholarly treatment. Also, a few of his examples of errors are in themselves erroneous or overly stretched to make his point. That is, McKinsey is not an emotionally detached person. He makes it clear that many of the Bible's absurdities, contradictions and blatant injustices make him angry.
On balance, though, the book is in a class by itself, being the overall best and most complete listing of outright mistakes and even crazy nonsense (by sensible standards of today's educated person).
It is a testament to people's need for inspiration that the Bible has survived as a best-selling inspirational book while, along with the good material, also containing so much stuff that is so easily demonstrated to be utterly wrong and flat-out wacky or worse.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DeistMan on April 21 2004
Format: Hardcover
Thank you very much, Mr. McKinsey!
McKinsey has offered a great service to humankind in that he has made it easier to refute the nonsense of religion. True Believers a la Hoffer (THE TRUE BELIEVER) cannot be saved from their own bigoted ignorance, however McKinsey makes it almost possible. Those less then TRUE believers who claim to worship truth and have an open mind will have a hard time reading this book without throwing out the Bible afterward.
Unlike many might think, I am not an atheist. And although I am an ex-Catholic and ex-fundamentalist Christian I continue to very much believe in God. But now I embrace Deism, the religion of our American Founding Fathers. Unlike atheism or agnosticism, Deism takes the enlightened position that there is a God and then shuts up and sits down.
McKinsey's book obliterates Christianity, Judaism and starts to go to work on Islam and Mormonism as well. Only a bigot that cannot stand the truth can fail to agree with McKinsey's logical conclusions and reasonable arguments. Even though his distaste for the charletans that sold us "revealed religions" shows through, his logic cannot be disputed logically. Of course it may be disregarded by those it threatens.
However, this book can't touch Deism simply because Deism makes no outlandish claims of miracles, contradictions and supernatural beings. And it doesn't claim to have a body of "revealed scriptures" that have been handed to it by God or one of his angels or agents. McKinsey points out the ludicrousness of this "revealeed religion" nonsense beautifully.
Unlike what many Fundamentalist Christian mouthpieces might say Jefferson, Paine, Washington, et al were most definitely Deists and NOT CHRISTIANS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dj on Aug. 16 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is well-organized and to-the-point. It's been very helpful in my Biblical Studies courses and in exegesis courses as well. I found it actually assists me in making more informative papers and in hermeneutical studies because it gives those preparing their work an alternative perspective that others may have. For example, when debating whether or not men can or cannot "see" God, some people turn to Isaiah 6:1, Exodus 33:11, Acts 7:55-56, 1 John 1:1, etc. to say that one can actually view the personage of God. In turning to some of these verses, we can find counter arguments against actual theophany like Exodus 33:20, John 1:18, etc. So even though the title of this book may be misleading, it actually HELPED me present more educated counter-arguments in my exegesis.
The only complaint I have about this book is the sections on scripture that is not biblical (like the Qaran). I think the author may have a bur under his saddle against certain religions that use other scripture besides or in addition to the Bible, but the title of the book is "Biblical Errancy," so perhaps he should have named it "Scriptural Errancy" or something of the like... who's to say. Nonetheless, the "apparent" contradictions within the Bible and the other books' contexts may assist those who use all these books to help defend themselves against polemic attack, which for me is the most useful thing for the book's genesis.
Recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Murphy on Aug. 19 2002
Format: Hardcover
C. Dennis McKinsey's book lists countless problems with the morality, text, and assertions of the Bible. He treats the Bible as any book, and since it is claimed to be the inspired word of God, this book can be held to the highest standards of accuracy; afterall, God can be expected to be accurate. Mr. McKinsey points out many problems, for example, Luke 24:46, where Jesus supposedly said that it was WRITTEN that the "Christ would rise on the third day, in fact no such sentence can be found written anywhere in the Old Testament. This is a serious problem. Mr. McKinsey's book is criticized, for the most part by those who never took the time to read it; whatever weaknesses it may have, its strengths more than compensate for it. This book is a must for those who desire to know the truth about the Bible and the assertion that it is the Word of God.
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