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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: SAB Books; 2 edition (16 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988245116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988245112
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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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According to Jesus (or whoever wrote his script), we must love God with all our heart and mind and always be like him, who is perfect (Matthew 22:37-38, 5:48). Well, this is utter nonsense, for as this book convincingly demonstrates, the God of the Bible is impossible to love or admire, and to be like or to copy his behaviour, would be sheer madness.

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).
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Steve Wells has delved into those areas of the Bible that the various monotheistic churchmen prefer to ignore. Indeed one of the main contentions in the book is that most of those who believe in the absolute truth of the Bible have never actually read it! Instead they are content to chirrup the mindless (but comforting!) catchphrases and sound-bytes provided to them by their religious leaders. It might help (but certainly not comfort) them to look at the other side of the coin and begin to realise that this monster they worship has always been capable of exercising a mindless and immoral brutality that would make Hitler and Genghis Khan look like sweet little girl scouts by comparison!

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.
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An excellent book, I wish all believers in "god" would read this. Im an Athiest and proud to be one, especially after reading
this enlightening book. The number of killing's that HE was responsible for make him the worst Serial Killer in memory.
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Full of hate, murder, misogyny and inconsistencies - the bible is the perfect example of why religion is a fallacy, and following one is a foolish endeavour.
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This is an enlightening book that shows the "god is love" myth in its true light. It should be compulsory reading for all secondary school children (I don't think the younger children should be faced with the sadism displayed by the so called "all mighty") but they should be taught about the true cost of some of the fairy tales they are introduced to at an early age. All people should be encouraged to think - especially those who believe these stories as true!!
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An excellently written book very easy to read delivering facts and humour.
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.
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By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2014
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When reading this work it's important to realise that it's about God's killings in the bible. It does not include all the other nasty things God is recording as having done and the bad behaviour of many of his followers. The plain truth is, the bible doesn't seem able to get anything right. Over and over again it has been proved to be historically inaccurate with a propensity for preferring myth and legend to truth. If the tales reviewed in this work had appeared any where else other than in the bible they would have been assigned to the realm of folk lore concocted by imaginative story tellers.

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.
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