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on 7 April 2013
Any atheist who has read the bible, or ever been involved in some sort of debate, will have seen the scaffolding of the topics in this book before. Indeed, the reason this book misses out on a '5' star rating for me is that much of the content has been examined, in detail, before. The author keeps to passages that are rather obvious, and easy, to find much vileness within.

That said, the explanations and arguments are interesting to ponder, and this book is an excellent starting point for all of the passages examined within it. It certainly is no Hitchens novel, but don't dismiss it: It packs a mean right hook.
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on 3 January 2013
I am full of admiration and support for this man who has escaped the clutches of what sounds like a quite fundamentalist religious group, and become an atheist. He clearly knows his bible inside out and uses his knowledge to provide evidence for his critcisms but there is no real structure or substance to back them up. I find the style of writing irritatingly juvenile: the points are all valid but the arguments are superficial and endlessly repetitive. I get the impression that Mr Baker would come off very badly in a discussion with an articulate theologian, which worries me because I totally support his basic premise that the bible has had a much too easy ride from uncritical believers, as he once was.
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on 3 April 2013
Nonsense from the Bible wont win any prizes for Literature but I'm guessing Brian Baker didn't write it to either.
The language is simple and easy to understand and Baker immediately rolls up his sleeves from page 1 and gets on with debunking Bible mythology.
The book written the way it is and in the language used would be ideal for teenagers and youth in general or adults who don't want something too heavy but gives them enough to ponder on.
The book tackles the weaknesses in the new Testament as well especially the constant and annoying attempts to shoehorn everything christ was doing into fulfilling supposed prophesies' about a 'messiah'.
Would I recommend it - yes especially for the very reasonable price.
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on 9 March 2015
Whilst it is perfectly plain that The Bible is a collection of fables and fairy stories, it doesn't do any harm to discover how others have arrived at this conclusion. Mr. Baker's writing style is clear, personal, and persuasive. Clearly speaking from conviction and reasoning, the author lays out the facts for all to see. Born again delusional will deny the truth, preferring to continue in their self-deception rather than read this book. And much good may it do them. Believing clear absurdity with devotion and reverence does not make it true. Wishing never works.
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on 3 December 2012
In his Introduction, Brian Baker states that his problem with the Bible isn't that it's just a collection of stories and myths written by many authors over a millennia and a half, but rather it's how it is presented as "the word of God". In this straightforward paragraph he sums up the real issue; we can probably deal with contradictions, wildly exaggerated claims, inconsistencies and errors if we are comfortable with the Bible as a subject of cultural and sociological study and nothing more.
Baker lists the more common of these anomalies within the Bible and takes some pleasure in pointing out the text which argues for cannabilism, rape, murder and general malfeasance, all "in the name of God". In doing this, I feel he has provided the text he refers to with a layer of credibility it does not deserve. On the one hand he is saying the Bible is a random book of stories, a pick and mix "1001 nights" of which one would expect little in respect of hard fact or literal history. By then critiquing the finer text of these stories Baker is arguing as if they were such hard facts or literal history and that is clearly not his goal with this book.
He can be sensationalist in his style and does repeat his core tenet over and over, but there is an honesty in his writing that smacks of catharsis for him, and who can blame him that!
In this book, Baker touches on his personal journey and perhaps i should have come to this having read his earlier work as that sounds like the real story here. That and not What the Bible says, but Why it still says it to so many people.
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on 27 May 2013
Brian Baker is a former minister from Australia. He lead a life of being raised a Christian and preaching the Gospel. Then, doubts crept in. His Bible studies led him to question what he was being asked to preach. Things did not add up. There were two many discrepancies, misunderstandings, misdirections, and plain simple lies. He found he could not continue to propagate information based on writings written hundreds of years after Christ had died and by many different authors with so many contradictions and false assumptions. He also objected to the way that many commonly held myths were presented as fact by the church when they knew full well there was no evidence whatsoever to support this.
In this book he deconstructs the myths, giving detailed references to the biblical writings that have been used to mislead (either intentionally or unintentionally). It's a fascinating journey that will not necessarily convince the believers (their 'faith' lies not in words from manuscripts but in their blind belief that it must be true because they know it is!), but it will entertain and bewilder the agnostic and atheist in equal amounts.
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on 1 November 2012
Some of the content of this book is interesting, and it is interesting to see the relevant excerpts of scripture, but the writing style becomes quite grating very quickly. Too many exclamation marks and repetitions.
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on 8 January 2014
BB writes as an insider, having been a committed fundamentalist, his critique of which is lucid, detailed, and judicious qualified by Biblical examples of exaggeration and chop logic. I have read only half it, and I hope he is critical only of the fundamentalists. Dostoievsky wrote: "When man(kind) ceases to believe in God he would rather destroy himself than go on living". Ideological worship of the last century led to the death of millions. Religious wars too are an abomination; but mankind without God is a loose cannon and - controversiallly- even fundamentalism may be better than our addiction to modern hedonism. All extremism must be criticised for it is from criticism that reformation becomes possible, just as we in England fought a Civil War which led to the embracing of religious freedom and a Bill of Rights. BB's book is admirable in its honesty.
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on 6 March 2014
Despite my having been brought up in a religious family and community in industrial Cymru/Wales, I had long-since lost any semblance of belief in most things Biblical. Brian Baker's book has prompted me to read the Bible (in both my native languages, English and Cymraeg [Welsh]) more often and more critically that when I was younger and attending religious services, Sunday school, etc.

The Bible is always an interesting read from a literary viewpoint, but so are Homer's Iliad, Beowulf, Chaucer's Tales, Icelandic Sagas, Don Qiuxote and (in my native Cymraeg) the Mabinogion, inter alia. For anyone who is the least bit ambivalent about the Bible, read Baker's insightful volume and be in no doubt that you were probably conned and lied to by ignorant teachers or self-serving and self-important priests somewhere along the line.
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on 14 September 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, partly because the author's journey through life somewhat mirrored my own which resulted in my own series, 'The Mormon Delusion', being written. This book is both logical and factual in its approach to the Bible. The evidence it presents in the cold light of day cannot be refuted. It leaves you in no doubt that belief in much of the nonsense in the Bible can only be maintained by choosing to have faith in fiction. Logic and reason as well as conclusive evidence must be completely ignored in order to believe it. Highly recommended work and well worth the read. Baker knows his stuff.
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