While I found this chapter quite interesting, detailed, and well argued it has nothing to do with the title of the book (Everything You Know About God is Wrong). I also enjoyed the section on the posting of The Ten Commandments (although this section suffers from the same problem as the last: it isn't about God so much as about people and government). Commandment four says we can't work on the Sabbath, the fifth tells us to honor our parents (even if they REALLY don't deserve it?), and the tenth tells us not to covet our neighbors' things (interesting that the wife is listed among our neighbors' possessions). Finally, if we should enforce the commandments, as recommended by the "good" book itself, we would have to kill those who break these ancient laws (at leat for 1-7). The other two sections of the book that I enjoyed--but will not be analyzing here--are "The God from Galilee," which recounts Jesus' contradictions, failures at prophecy, and his real message: "I come not to bring peace, but a sword," (Matt. There are several sections that detail the strange things that particular sects do to worship their gods. Yes, some people do disgusting things and they happen to be believers. That doesn't solve anything and it isn't an argument any more than those who try to taint atheists by pointing out that Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot were non-believers. The mirrored side of this problem are the sections of the books that try to make some sort of argument based on the anecdotes of professed atheists. To summarize the argumentative problems above, both scenarios attempt to take a minority (or singular in the second case) worldview and apply it to some whole: 1) A few people do this, so they all do it and are therefore evil/wrong/stupid. The rest of the book is filled with sections on sex and how it is viewed by different religions, and absolutely pointless things like a list of non-believing musical composers and performers. If you're interested, as a believer or an atheist, in reading books of this sort, I'd recommend avoiding this one (or only reading the sections mentioned at the start of this review).
This is a collection of many different essays (and one comic story) about various religions, factions of religions, details in religious literature (Bible, Q'uran), art and some truly fucked up people doing crazy things in the name of religion or in the name of greed. (It's common knowledge among Bible scholars that it was not the men they are named for.) One thing I find utterly fascinating is religious folk who try to come up with actual physiological reasons for miracles (the water Jesus walked on had flash-frozen, the Red Sea was parted by wind, etc...) Isn't the whole point of magic and miracles that it isn't a natural phenomenon? Some people try to take the Bible too literally - and I don't just mean religious folk with cognitive dissonance regarding the contradictions in the Bible, I mean my fellow atheists who rip into every little detail with no regard as to context.
Really?) I'm becoming increasingly annoying that when people argue about "Christians" or "religion" the Typical Christian/Religious Person is a completely unethical moron. Sure, there are moronic and amoral Christians, but there are a lot more of us who are neither. Another case of the Church having a lot to answer for.
I read a review by a religious person,(I assume) which said that they were trying to sound like 'hip and cool'. I think it was worth a read, especially if you are one of those people who is anti-religious or are strong enough to listen to why some people don't want to be a part of your religion, and they tell you to read this book and not lose faith.
Included are practices, habits and activities of churches and other religious groups as well as essays on matters of religion, scriptural texts, theology and attitudes supported by beliefs. *What do various religious texts say about sexual practices? *Exorcism *Books about religion and religious texts.
I was afraid this would be an endless screed against Christianity but was delighted to find it peppered with scholarly articles covering many topics within several religions.
It doesn't focus on one religion being better than the other, nor does it lay fault on religion at a whole but rather by pointing out the faults of many different religions pulling from mere facts, written within scripture, as well as historical moments in man's story it brings to light why everyone is wrong and no one is right.
I was hoping to learn something; instead, I just got dumped on by a bunch of people who clearly have issues with organized religion.