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Portrait of a tyrant,
This review is from: God (Paperback)
Alexander Waugh, in GOD has tried to explain the personality of God. He has taken, for his sources the bible, the Qu'arn, as well as the books of Enoch, the and occassionally Joseph Smith, and other texts.
The book is comprised of 7 chapters divided into short sections, thus it is easily digestable, though some may find this style erratic, and not linear enough.
Personally, I feel this is part of the charm of the book. Waugh has a very dry sense of humour, and I laughed out loud on several occasions (this may cause a problem for the deeply religious.)
There are many interesting things that Waugh puts forward: the polytheistic origins of the Bible, the Egyptian origins of Moses, the needing by Christians of the Old Testament, for the sake of origional sin. (some of these well known, others not so).
Is this an atheistic book? No, I don't think so, but it is certainly not a Christian book. (And will definately appeal to atheists - myself included). I believe that Waughs main point is that the Christian God - an all loving, all knowing God can not coexist with the God of Israel - a Genocidal maniac, with a penchant for the smell of burning flesh. But, herein lies the weekness. I say I think this is Waughs point, but I really do not know. The last chapter doesn't really seem to have an aim, and reluctantly ambles to it's conclusion. I think is mainly because of Waugh's reluctance to share his religious beliefs, or lack thereof - rather like his father, as described in the forward. Still, this is the only real weakness, in an otherwise funny, and thought provoking book. The main lesson I took from it is that an atheists biggest weapon is scripture, itself. I'm off to read the Bible, now...