Drunk with Blood: God's Killings in the Bible Paperback – 16 Jul 2013
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About the Author
Steve Wells is the author of the Skeptic's Annotated Bible and Drunk with Blood: God's killings in the Bible. He also created and maintains the website www.skepticsannotatedbible.com and www.dwindlinginunbelief.blogspot.com. When he's not critiquing the "holy books", he can usually be found with a field guide identifying insects/plants/birds, sailing, or auditing classes at the local university.
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It was in his blog, Dwindling in Unbelief, that Steve Wells began documenting God's killings in the Bible. There he wrote a post for each killing event and kept a running count of the number of victims as he went along. This shockingly informative book is the end result. Wells thinks such a record of God's killings has not been done before, and says (in his introduction) it ''is a shame since God is so proud of his killings,'' and quotes Deuteronomy 32: 39-42 to make his point: ''I kill... I wound... I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh'' (NRSV). Such satire by the author is used throughout and is a welcome light relief considering the book's dark subject matter.
In revealing God's killings, or this deity's appalling crimes, the author is doing a profoundly honest service indeed. This is in sharp contrast to the strategy of Christian apologists, who continue to con us into believing God's an wonderfully loving, merciful, and just being. Contrary to what they would have us believe, and what this book does so well, the Bible is in fact God's worst enemy. It's betrayal of God can only be described as horrible. As the late C. Dennis McKinsey points out: ''The God of the Bible is one of the most disreputable beings to have ever emerged from the pages of literature. The dossier of his bad acts would put any criminal to shame'' (p170, The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy (Prometheus Books, 1995).Read more ›
The book casts its net wide within the Bible and includes incidents which most of us will have either ignored, glossed over, or missed completely in our reading. Even those sections we may have thought we knew well (like the story of David) have dark and nasty aspects that should demand our closer examination. Steve Wells is quite relentless in his pursuit of this demon God, so the coverage is extremely comprehensive. At times his exasperation shows through and the irony, as well as the language, can become less incisive and more repetitive; but overall it makes an enjoyable, if uncomfortable, read. Adding up the death toll on the way along is a really nice touch.
this enlightening book. The number of killing's that HE was responsible for make him the worst Serial Killer in memory.
If you ever wondered how extremists find it so easy to use the bible to support their views you need to read this book. When murder, rape,genocide and child killings are every day activities for their god is it any wonder the world is messed up.
Fortunately, I am familiar with both the bible and the apocrypha, which means that I already knew the legends reviewed in this work. What I really enjoyed about Steve Wells' book is the humour. It's such an hilarious read. When we look back over the past two thousand years and reflect on all the pain and suffering religion and religious strife has brought upon the world and countless numbers of innocent people in it, we can only feel deep distress at the complete absence any any sense of humour when it comes to the assessment of so called 'sacred writings'. That's to say, the lack of it on the part of so called 'scholars'. There's plenty of evidence to show that 'common people', through the ages, have seen the funny side of it all.
Having known quite a number of clergy in my time I'm well aware that more of them than may be realised have serious doubts about the bible, which is why they are very selective when teaching from it. However, as this delightful work reveals throughout, this is not how the bible sees it. Whilst people may have to 'toe the line' God can do just as he likes, torturing and killing people according to his whimsical will.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You focus virtually entirely in the Old Testament and can find, three, in the New Testament? You do realise the Bible is a dispensational book don't you? This is beyond pathetic.Published 13 months ago by Mark Hunter
A thorough description & analysis of all the killings done either directly by God or at his instigation which are recorded in the Bible, at a conservative estimate some 2. Read morePublished 16 months ago by B. Bunny
Everyone, believer and non-believer alike, should have the chance to have the 'Revelation' of the darker side of the Lord this book gives you. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Iain Watt
Humorously written expose of God's killings in the bible. How all these killings and torturous stories are told to children baffles me till this dayPublished 23 months ago by The Meister
Yep! Good on Steve Wells for spelling it out to the 'Christians' (and masses alike) who for the most part do not know what is in their own holy book. Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2014 by Amazon Customer
An interesting little book though it falls down in reading the bible as a newspaper not taking the various genres such as apocalyptic into account. A fun book however.Published on 19 Feb. 2014 by Rob
If you need 'ammunition' to fight off the god-botherers... this is IT! I have been an atheist for almost 50 years and this book reminds me why! Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by I. Turner