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Brilliant Book But alas will fall on deaf ears,
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This review is from: Jesus Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them) (Paperback)
This book should be essential reading for any one athiest, liberal, or fundamentalist. In devasting terms it summarises the essence of New Testament scholarship from the past 200 years. It proves definitively that the New Testament is not the inerrant word of God as most Christians would have us believe.
This of course has been well known in Academic Circles for 250 years. Anyone reading this book would have to seriously question the stance of say the Catholic Church in not allowing women to take positions of leadership in the church. Or the obnoxious fundamentalism so prevalent in those who call themselves evangelical Christians.
The tragedy of course is that those people have prevailed in the churches and as such the church has become an obnoxious institution whos only rationale seems to be to enhance bigotry against Gays, women and ethnic minorities.
Had say people taken the concerns of the writers of Essays and Reviews seriously then it would have all been so much different. The Bible is a piece of literature nothing more nothing less Just as say the Works of Plato or Shakespeare . Bart Ehrman has done a really good job of summarising why the Bible should be treated as such. Unfortunately I fear his attempt will fall on deaf ears as far as the institutional church is concerned as it seems it wants to claim a bogus authority based on it's belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God as such the institutional church will just stick its head in the sand. The tragedy is that the instutional church still has an undue influence on our society today.
I really wish every one who is a practicing Christian would read this book it is a small step in challenging their ideology and to making official Christianity much more reasonable than the Pope or a typical fundamentailist christian in America or even Evangelical churches in Britain would allow.
But given such arguments have failed to gain a hold in the church (despite the fact that most vicars, priests or ministers are taught this stuff when they attend theological college or seminary) then I feel it is destined to fall on deaf ears.
As such anyone who still persists in their fundamentalism deserves all the ridicule they get.