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The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy Hardcover – Jan 1 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 553 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (Jan. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879759267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879759261
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #591,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

C. Dennis McKinsey (Springield, OH) is the editor of the Biblical Errancy Newsletter.

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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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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.
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The author of this outstanding work has totally proven the Bible for what it is - a collection of false promises, contradictions, absurdities, lies and cruelty. He has proven beyond doubt that the writers of the Bible could not have been inspired by a good and benevolent God. Every person of faith must read McKinsey's book. We have all been brainwashed by our church fathers and spoon-fed only portions of the Bible, very small portions, as the reader will learn. What you don't know can hurt you. Why do Christian leaders tell their constituents to break the 1st and 4th commandments? Why did Jesus break most of the commandments? McKinsey shows us the dark side of the Bible and topics that good Christians would never discover in church-sanctioned bible study; passages that children would not be allowed to read. He proves that 90% of the bible is contradiction and myth. The truly remarkable aspect of McKinsey's work is he stays INSIDE the Bible to disprove itself. He uses the Bible's own words to discredit itself. How can a perfect God contradict himself? How can God say, "Do not lie" and then lie himself? How can the "Creator" get simple laws of science and biology wrong? Without giving away anything else, you should get McKinsey's book and your own bible and compare verse with verse. Compare what you know about biology and science with what the writers of Scripture supposedly know. What you will learn will open your eyes.
I am somewhat acquainted with Mr. McKinsey's prowess in going head to head with major-name bible apologists on the radio. These people often vilify him yet Mr. McKinsey beats them back with logic, common sense and the very words of the Bible. As far as I know he has never refused to face anyone (on radio or in print) in discussing bible errancy.
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This is, by far, the best book ever published on the subject of biblical errancy. It successfully documents the many errors, contradictions, and absurdities in the 'best selling but least read book' in the world. I find it invaluable for debunking ALL christian beliefs; conservative and liberal alike. It seems as though some of the obvious liberals who have written reviews here have ignored Mr.McKinsey's argument about drawing the line. Many, if not all, liberals agree with the agruments in this book; but only if the literal intrepretation is used. Who decides when a literal intrepretation should or should not be used? Mr. McKinsey gets to the heart of the matter in the opening chapter. The story of Adam and Eve is a good example. God told them they would die. The serpent said they would not die, but would obtain knowledge about good and evil. Taking the Bible on it's word, they did not die. Christian apologists contend that the death refers to a 'spiritual' death. That is just pure rationalization. I take it to mean die, period. Some liberals even go so far as to deny the existence of Adam and Eve. By doing so, the christian scheme of salvation crumbles. The book is somewhat repetitious, but that is a minor problem. I especially liked the many quotes from fundamentalists that acknowledge the fact that if there is just one error in the Bible, the whole of christian theology is in jeopardy. I couldn't agree more!
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