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Robert J. Hutchinson , Tom Weiner
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Dec 2007
In the beginning, the Bible triggered a revolution in human thought and later established Western civilization's moral and philosophical foundation. Many people though--from authors to pundits--mock it for their own purposes and political agendas. However, the Bible remains the bestselling book of all time, believed by nearly two billion people (Christians and Jews) to be divinely inspired. In his hard-hitting new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Bible, author Robert J. Hutchinson details the facts behind the numerous truths the anti-religious secularists don't want you to know about, including: *Recent archaeological discoveries confirm the historical accuracy of many Bible stories *The Bible made modern science possible (which is why it started in the Middle Ages) *Biblical laws paved the way for democracy and limited government *The Bible promotes human freedom *The enemies of the Bible are enemies of true reason and tolerance In this new installment in the bestselling P.I.G. series, Hutchinson silences the secularists and atheists with historical evidence, undeniable facts, and insightful revelations--proving why the Bible is still the bestselling book of all time--and so much more.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143320522X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433205224
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.7 x 0.3 cm
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely easy to read, despite being academic 7 Jan 2012
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Basically, i like reading books on apologetics. As a christian its always great to see the other side of the argument. with the media exclusively promoting the atheist side of the agenda and treating christianity as if it was narnia. Its not difficult to understand why so many have fallen away and act like God is non-existent. What I like about this book is that it goes on the offensive. At times you can see from how the author worded his responses that he was clearly rolling his eyes and annoyed. I empathise with this. As many of the arguments given by atheists and agnostics are so old, and repeated verbatim. oftentimes you can tell when a debater has been reading a particular author or watched a particular documentary.

Hutchinson has, in my opinion written a very authoritative book here. He obviously knows what he's talking about, and gives throughout the book different authors to check out. He goes deep into archaeology and history, as well as philosophy, morality and ethics.

without doubt a five star book and author.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY Politically Incorrect (^; ! 2 Oct 2011
By Taiga
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A fascinating book ! For many centuries the Bible has been considered THE source to go to for wisdom and guidance, faith and hope, comfort and encouragement and many wish that this was still the case. For those who have been persuaded by the spin-doctors and psychobabble brigade that The Bible is old-fashioned and inaccurate; this book will be a breath of fresh air ! The Author brings out the ACCURACY of Holy Writ in a refreshing and enjoyable manner. The constant confirmation by archaeology of Biblical places and events was a surprise. I HAD taken the Bible to be a primarily spiritual book but stand corrected. The Author writes of the principal that laws apply equally to ALL ; unique to any recorded laws of the period anywhere as far as I know. This book inspired me to seek out material of my own and I found some very interesting things ! About simple hygiene for example. Were you aware who were the first recorded people to wash their hands under running water millennia before Semmelweiss "invented" hygiene ? Did you know the earliest known historical reference to burying human excrement outside the camp and covering it over to prevent disease? We know of prohibitions on eating blood and who can and cannot go into the Temple but this book goes further and challenges many assumptions that we make unknowingly by believing the media and not trusting that The Bible is what it says it is. The Word of God. This book posits the question " IF God created everything and IF He sent His Son to redeem mankind, HOW would He tell us about it ? Would He have caused a book to be written so His Word would be preserved for mankind ?" This book has opened my eyes to The Bible in a new way and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more of the foundational bedrock of modern civilisation. Full Marks !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atheists Beware; this book reveals your agenda... 18 July 2008
This book shoud be required reading, for both Christians, to remind them why we're RIGHT, and for Atheists, to let them know they're way out in LEFT FIELD, pun intended. Christianity offers hope, because God values each individual. Atheism offers only despair; nothing matters because people are only a mistake of biology, just a random result of evolution.
The premise of the book can be summed up as follows:
The Atheist needs a belief system that states that human beings are only animals; that way, the Atheist can behave like an animal. After all, evolution teaches that only the dominant deserve to survive, so go ahead and do whatever pleases and benefits oneself, all others be damned.
Fortunately, we all have the ability to make our own decisions. If Christianity isn't true, then it does not matter. If it is true, then it is the ONLY THING THAT MATTERS.
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6 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not do what it said on the cover 14 Aug 2009
I bought this book to get the other side of the argument from the very readable Richard Dawkins book, "The God delusion". Having been brought up a Christian I was not unhappy to have my faith challenged by reading his book and needless to say, I have not become an atheist after reading it.I can see his argument but I choose to believe in God. What Richard Dawkins book opened my eyes to was the similarities between religions-a super power and an ethical code to live by. Christians seem to think they are the only ones with "the Truth" and are scathing of other relgions and atheists, so I wanted to test that out. I wanted to see the proof that the Bible was "the ONLY book" with the truth. What a waste of time and money. Not only was the book very stodgy to read and academic, I was initially put off by the inference that atheists are idiots."Village" I cannot stand this arrogance amongst Christians toward fellow human beings with a different point of view.The waste of time was confirmed when I got so bored that I cut to the chase to the section entitled "the bottom line for faith"-this section concluded that you can't prove anything and people come to faith through experiencing the Christian church/individual Christians, and deciding that what Jesus did "fits" their experience of the world. So there you have it. No more convincing a case than for any other religion. I have now left the Christian church and am looking into the Unitarian church which welcomes all religions, much more appealing and broad, and of course much less arrogant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening 1 Mar 2008
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I bought this book solely because the adds for it said it covered how "the Bible made modern science possible (which is why it started in the middle ages)." I looked in the table of contents and could not find a chapter that was obviously on this topic, so started reading from page 1 and read until I finally came to it on page 137. This chapter was poorly documented, but this may be because the book is intended for laypersons. Nonetheless, the chapter (and the whole book) was well done and presented a good outline in support of the author's position. The book was so engaging that I finished it, and I am glad that I did, for I normally would not have read a book on the Bible. The chapter on slavery was especially useful, as I had assumed the common stereotype that many Christians were in bed with the slaveholders due to the claim that of the Bible condones the modern Western slavery system, and the atheists and humanists were the main persons who opposed this slavery system. This common story, as this book documents (and as my outside reading, such as the book Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World by David Brion Davis (Oxford University Press) also documents, is inaccurate. I have concluded that Hutchinson's account is generally accurate, although incomplete. The section on the rights of women was especially interesting to me. Hutchinson writes that Christianity's stress on human equality (quoting the apostle Paul that there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor freeman, female nor male distinctions in Christianity, as well as historical writings) that "Christianity was undoubtedly the most pro-female religion in history" (page 191). He then discusses why this is true, noting that a large number of women became Christians partly because of how they were treated in the early church. An example is Christianity accorded women greater social status, even administrative positions in the church, such as deacon. Hutchinson then lists numerous other reasons why the church was very pro-women in stark contrast to the other major religions and social systems of the time. The author is clearly an ID supporter, and may best be described as a long age creationist. This shows in several chapters, such as in chapter 6, page 87. Highly recommended. My only concern is documentation is less than ideal, but I could not point to any major claims that were clearly inaccurate.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Main focus of the book is the Hebrew Bible, and presents traditional defenses afresh 29 Jan 2010
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The popular book series by the name "Politically Incorrect Guide" (P.I.G.) is a collection of generally conservative defenses of traditional beliefs largely dismissed today because of their lack of resonance with politically correct values and beliefs.

For this reason, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by the apologetic (interacting with arguments as opposed to saying "sorry") tone of Robert Hutchinson's, The P.I.G. to the Bible. Yet I am. I'm pleasantly surprised by the sustained apologetic nature of the book. From the outset, Hutchinson launches a counterattack against the atheist crusaders (Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris et al.) and liberal scholars of today; those who are in the business of disparaging the Bible as barbarous, unreliable, oppressive, suppressive, (insert negative descriptor of your choice here).

Just as most assaults on the Bible today are as old as Christianity (e.g., the Bible endorses slavery, totalitarianism, capital punishment for planting crops side-by-side, etc.), Hutchinson presents afresh the traditional defenses to these assaults.

It should be pointed out that the title to the book has the potential to mislead readers. Although Hutchinson does address the New Testament, the main focus in the book is the Hebrew Bible or what Christians call the Old Testament, given his advanced studies in Hebrew and Judaism. Very little time is spent on alternative Christianities in the New Testament as we're so accustomed to hearing from the likes of Dan Brown, Bart Ehrman et al.

As a conservative Christian, I find this focus on the Old Testament refreshing. Many Christians have ignored the Old Testament for years and have, consequently, fallen prey to the official view of the Old Testament as barbarous and cruel. Hutchinson demonstrates that nothing could be farther from the truth. He argues, in fact, that such things as inalienable human rights for everyone and liberal democracy have as their fountainhead the Hebrew Scriptures.

To Christians in search of answers to some of the toughest questions about the Bible, this book will provide a good many answers and bolster the faith. To those who are persuaded by the likes of Dawkins and Company, much could be learned about the arguments of the "other side."

As with other books in the P.I.G. series, this one is a pleasure to a read.
45 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Compelling 31 Oct 2007
By Elizabeth S. Smith - Published on
What a relief to find a well-informed, carefully crafted, sprightly written explanation of the place of religion in ethics, history, and moral action. Impressive statistics and data, convincing reasoning. I started out somewhat skeptical but found myself drawn in as Hutchison built his thesis step by step. So much of current writing, movies, news, political speak assumes that religion is harmful or irrelevant. Hutchison esposes the dangers of that lie with skill and humor and power.
28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible 16 Nov 2007
By Kathleen Peterson - Published on
Robert Hutchinson presents a witty, scholarly, and well-documented look at the Bible. A superb wordsmith, Hutchinson treads on holy ground with various topics, including slavery in the bible, homosexuality, origins of universal human rights, elites against the people, today's culture war, and children, blessing or burden. It's a compelling book. I highly recommend it.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me question biases I didn't know I had 21 Nov 2007
By Jonathan D. Parker - Published on
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Both theist and atheist alike must come to terms with some of the compelling arguments presented in this book: mainly that the Bible has shaped modern society as we know it today. Though his worldview may offend some, his reasoning is solid and supported by references which the reader can examine himself. Also some good quotes by various historical figures concerning the Bible.
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