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one sided, negative critical analysis,
This review is from: The Bible: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
This book is supposed to present an impartial overview of the Bible, but it miserably fails.
The author promotes higher criticism as the only acceptable method of interpreting the Scriptures; he does't seem to be bothered by the fact that there are half a billion Evangelicals busy preaching biblical inerrancy around the world.
Moreover, the author took great pains to describe all the atrocities that were committed in the name of the Bible in the post colonial world, but it does not tell his readers that Scriptures inspired great people like William Wilberforce and Martin Luther King, to name but a few, to do incredible humanitarian deeds that changed the world for the better.
Also, it should be noted that the evil deeds described in the book were done in disobedience to the Bible, while the greatest accomplishments in the history of human rights were done in obedience to it.
To conclude, my impression was that the author's intent was to denigrate the Bible, rather than present it objectively.