Ken's Guide to the Bible Paperback – 29 Sep 1995
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From the Back Cover
The Bible is a thick, imposing, often unreadable, damnedly religious book. Most people don't have the time or the patience even to attempt reading it. But everyone knows they're supposed to know what's in the world's most widely quoted book. To whom can you turn? Ken Smith, co-author of the best-selling Roadside America books, goes where traditional Bible authorities fear to tread. Ken's Guide to the Bible takes you directly to the Good Book's naughty parts and wastes no time on the stuff you already know. With hammerhead precision and pig-iron wit, this compact volume lays bare all the sex, gore, and lunacy that the Bible has to offer. Read Ken's Guide to the Bible and you'll know more about the Good Book than most televangelists, Christian rockers, and conservative school-board members put together!
Top Customer Reviews
It is clear that those who wrote the negitive reviews are of that particuliar type that will believe 2+2=5 no matter what you show them.
It is a great source material for all your judea-christian bashing needs.
Still a book everyone should read though!
Smith not only puts a humorous twist to many of the Bible's passages, but points out in all seriousness some of the more atrocious, vulgar, and nauseating verses eminating from the Christian God of "love." If you've read the Bible, this book is a must read because Smith gives us examples that each and everyone of us probably missed somewhere down the line.
Smith ends his book with the following: "'...the time is near,' Jesus says in the Bible's final chapter. 'I am coming soon!' Two thousand years later, the faithful still wait." If history has been correct so far, today's Christians may be a little disappointed when he doesn't show up. Good luck, though! In the meantime, I have a life to live on this planet and I certainly hope Ken Smith has more books like this in him.
It's packaged in a "quick reference" format, with icons in the margins showing the passages that are particulary gory, women-hating, wacky, etc. You can read the whole thing in a day, but you'll probably find yourself referring to it again.
If you're looking for a scholarly disassembly of the Bible, this isn't the one to get. If you're looking for something that pokes fun at the most sacred of sacred cows, give it a try.
Having been discussing my religious upbringing (ha!) with my wife recently I had questioned my memory of much of the weird and seemingly immoral morality tales that had been espoused to me by my strict upright headteacher of lower school and the ultra-religious, ultra-celibate miserable-faced woman who was always talking about how much joy she felt of my C of E middle school (who later turned bulldyke and ran off with her girlfriend to the consternation of the whole church - whether she was outed on the annual church outing is anyone's guess!). Surely these tales were some trick of memory!?! Surely this little 6 year old sitting on the floor with hundreds of other 5-8 years olds were not subjected by law daily to tales of prostitutes and virgins (though no one actually told us what the terms meant as we were too awestruck to question the word of god), kings being struck by lightning for worshipping of idols (though everyone at school was "Christian" by default except the token Jewish kid and would never dream of worshipping a statue of a calf), seas being parted so Moses' mates could get across (never saw this on holiday at the seaside and no one dared question why he could not just take the ferry) and all manner of other weirdness. Thankfully my memory served me well and the strange, twisted parables of the Bible were efficiently transmitted to my junior mind as the law then demanded, and it gave much amusement to this heathen adult to reinspect the bucket of crap which we legally had to be dealt daily. Ken effectively points out The Bible really is a weird book filled with sex and violence and if it they just dropped the religion part it would probably be quite popular.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In reply to the negative reviewer who said sit down and read the bible yourself, I did that when I was about 14 as although my family was not religious, I was curious and had an... Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2011 by Xtina
A splendidly written, light-hearted trip through what has to be one of the most gruesome collections of writing ever assembled, (The Bible). Read morePublished on 10 April 2010 by R. E. Lee
I feel that the book is misleading. Ken Smith has taken bible verses and twisted them around. If you want to know the truth, sit down and read the bible yourself, if you don't... Read morePublished on 27 July 1999
So much for the religious fanatics that have "reviewed" the present work in question. Let's actually review it on a more substantive level. Read morePublished on 10 April 1999
Reading this book confirmed my suspicions I had about (when I was forced to read) the Old and New Testaments of the Bible as a kid. Scary... Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 1998
I have only read over it briefly, but it was enough. Ken Smith has written, without a doubt, the most ill-informed, simplistic, overview of the Bible I have ever seen, and that's... Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 1998