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on 3 August 2016
Well researched, but clearly from a Christian aspect. On the one hand he seems to accept that some of this must be metaphor, but is pedantic in criticism of the literal meanings. There is quite a bit on the phrase "Son of Man", but the phrase is impossible in any Semitic Language and cannot exist in the original Old Testament and they write in all the prophecies"Ben Adam" literally a son of Adam, which is Hebrew (biblical and modern) for a Human Being.
In the end his persistent criticism of an angry, petulant, adolescent, local bully boy of a god, gets a bit tiresome, although no doubt accurate.
He makes no room for the idea of a god who transits from Abraham's big bro bully, to the cosmopolitan and mainly non-interventionist god of Isaiah.
Perhaps this was Bronze Age man, searching for a suitable metaphor, for what was going on in his sub-conscious,, it would take 3 more millenia to recognize this in some greater detail. Today, for many reasons, people want to return to a seriously literal and flawed understanding of ancient texts.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 29 February 2016
This book takes a witty look at the content of The New Testament which will be uncomfortable reading for religious apologists. Going almost line by line through the Bible, it analyses and questions much of the hypocritical or plain ridiculous claims of the good book and demonstrates them to be what they are - the ridiculous overblown claims of second hand witnesses concerning a man who may possibly have existed historically and has certainly been mythologised according to an agenda but is not even sure himself if he is man, god, son, father, divine.

The writing is witty and irreverent, the conclusions inescapable and the damage utterly devastating. No wonder only 18 in 1000 people continue to go to church, with that figure being mostly among the elderly and unquestioning brainwashed sheep.

I cannot wait to read the Old Testament companion and see what it makes of the blood thirsty psychopathic genocidal homophobic mysoginistic tyrannical dictatorial monster that collection of books describes.
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on 24 May 2014
This critique follows the same format as Shuty's critique of OT which I gave five stars. In this one, I found the four-letter words rather jarring, thriving a more splenetic approach. However, I still agree absolutely with what he has to say. I have not read NT recently, and his extensive quotes are a very useful reminder of the content, and his comments trenchant if rather unrestrained.
The Gospels are the most familiar part of NT, and familiarity can lead to a lazy acceptance of them as, well, gospel truth, so Shuty's highlighting of the discrepancies between the four, and his other comments, are enlightening.
I had forgotten how tedious are the Acts and Epistles, and just how lunatic is Revelation, so this format is useful on several counts, and a worthy companion to his work on OT.
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on 3 August 2015
This is accurate but the writer has entirely the wrong attitude to get through to an audience. This is largely a tirade against the bible which is fair enough but Shuty's language is foul. He would have a lot more clout if he got rid of his bad language. Any Christian starting to read this will stop after a few pages because of this......is that how to try to convert them to atheism?
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on 2 March 2015
An excellent read but I agree with other comments about the effect of the crass language. Could have been better if it were used for effect rather than for punctuation! But I do see that the absurd nature of the bible can cause the most careful amoungst us to swear...
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on 17 May 2015
This Shuty Dude does a magnificent job of demolishing the Old Testament and he does it with added humour. Highly recommended for both Atheists and Apologetics. Especially Apologetics. Wonderful stuff.
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on 22 April 2016
As long as you are not religioys and you have an open mind you should like this book. I found it taught me loads about the bible, which I have never read properly. If you don't want to read the bible yourself this book tells you what you need to know.
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on 22 November 2015
Good stuff here. Interpreting the propaganda of early Christian thinkers and what they want you to know.
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on 12 September 2015
I think we all need a new updated religion for the 21st century! I can't believe we still follow this book!
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on 18 November 2015
If you thought YHWH was the source of human morality, this book will disabuse you.
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