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The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy [Hardcover]

C. Dennis Mckinsey
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Book Description

Jan. 1 1995
This important new volume is the most comprehensive critique of the Bible ever written.

Author C. Dennis McKinsey believes that Americans have only seen or heard the good things about the Bible, without any exposure to its many shortcomings. McKinsey argues that the lack of criticism of biblical writings has wrongly affected millions of people in their beliefs, allowing many to believe the Bible to be the infallible word of God. He maintains that it is becoming imperative not only that the Bible's inadequacies be exposed, but that its negative teachings be corrected.

McKinsey thinks the Bible is a deceptively inaccurate conglomeration of mythology and folklore masquerading as a valid picture of historical reality. In The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy, McKinsey strives to tell both the good and the bad of biblical writings with the most comprehensive and thoroughly-researched expos? of the Bible's many errors, contradictions, and fallacies. Loaded with thousands of biblical citations, The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy vividly proves the Bible to be its own worst enemy.

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best list of unarguable errors March 24 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and fun Aug. 16 2003
By dj
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Biblical literalism gone riot
In this book McKinsey is preaching to the choir, i.e. immature atheists, skeptics and freethinkers, it will of course bolster their young faith; it is published by Prometheus Books... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2011 by rossuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God (smile)
This item was in excellent condition when I received it in the mail. Packaging was substantial and secure. Delivery turn around was most commendable. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2010 by Stephen J. Green
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. Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by DeistMan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mind-Inverting Thought
I am a Christian who freely admits that the Bible has errors.
Sound like a contradiction? Well, its not, and I will explain why. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by Random Bimms
5.0 out of 5 stars We shouldn't need this book....
From the Preface -"This book and Biblical Errancy teach a kind of Sunday School in reverse by telling people all of the things they should have heard on Sunday morning but... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by steve estvanik
5.0 out of 5 stars A few more Questions ; please read
Hahaha What happened to the people that lived and
died way before Jesus was born and who weren't
Jews living under the Law ?( Ex : polynesians
, Native Americans ? Read more
Published on June 26 2003 by Meijer Goldstein
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough yet Disappointing Coverage.
While this book seems to have gotten rave reviews from other readers, I was disappointed with the text (keep in mind I am not a Christian, either). Read more
Published on May 5 2003 by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy
C. Dennis McKinsey's book lists countless problems with the morality, text, and assertions of the Bible. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Peter Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tool for the Sane and Reasonable Human
This book is most useful in confounding the superstitious wretches who worship the Bible as an Idol. But it really is not necessary to show the errors in the Bible. Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by John Bonanno
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of information.
A very thorough and detailed work. This book will definitely plant some seeds of doubt about the supposed truth of the Bible for anyone who reads it. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2002 by Eric Jonke
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