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In a work reminiscent of Voltaire's PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY, Allen presents his ideas as a series of alphabetically arranged essays on characters, events, and books of the Holy Scriptures, as well as on such controversial topics as abortion, anti-Semitism, capital punishment, death, evolution, flying saucers, and original sin. He draws on the expertise of biblical scholars, theologians, and philosophers to demonstrate that fundamentalist assumptions about the reliability and authenticity of the Bible as a historical document or as the inviolable Word of God simply have no rational or factual basis. Like Thomas Paine's THE AGE OF REASON, this book highlights the errors, inconsistencies, self-contradictions, and morally repugnant episodes and characters of the Bible. So much in Scriptures is at variance with our Western ideals of morality and common decency that an intelligent, objective reader cannot help but judge the Bible as a fascinating, important but very fallible, al! l-too-human book. While not denying the value of many biblical passages, Mr. Allen argues that Americans can and should critique the Bible as they would any other historical document. This by no means implies, however, that in so doing they must discard their faith.
Steve Allen's interest in biblical scholarship began with casual reading of the Gideon Bibles that are found in hotel rooms across the country. In the course of his reading, so many questions were raised in his mind that he started recording his thoughts. The practice turned into a 20-year habit and enough material to fill the present volume and many more. STEVE ALLEN ON THE BIBLE, RELIGION, AND MORALITY will stimulate readers to go back to their Bibles and consider a variety of thorny but ever-important issues.
Steve Allen and Martin Gardner have done a marvleous job pointing out some of the more obvious and egregious examples of problems in the bible, the religious tome embraced by... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002 by Ken O'Brian
Simply put this is a great book. Steve Allen provides a very insightful analysis of the Bible and makes it clear (to me at least) that the Bible is in no way the "Word of... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2000 by David McMahon
Steve Allen has certainly done his homework on this one! An outstanding work of thought provoking and sensible material. Steve's best work yet.Published on May 17 2000 by Leo P. OBrien
If the Bible and Christianity really is/are "the religion for the rest of us," then every thinking person should get a shot at writing about these topics in a similiar... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 1998 by email@example.com
This is an excellent layperson analysis of the Holy Bible. Steve Allen makes no pretension to biblical scholarship. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 1998