Unholy Writ:: An Infidel’S Critique of the Bible

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AuthorHouse, 2011. nov. 7. - 824 oldal
During our brief and perilous journey ex irritum ad irritum, how are we to find, what the German philosopher Martin Heidegger (Sein und Zeit) would call, the true approach to being? How do we answer the question posed by the Apostle Thomas when he asked how can we know the way (Jn. 14:5)? In other words, how should we fill that parenthesis of infinitesimal brevity, which James Joyce (Ulysses) maintained, demarcates each of our lives? The Bible has often been put forth as a supposedly infallible guidebook charting the correct path to an authentic existence (e.g. 2 Tim. 3:16-17). According to its proponents, Scripture is an absolutely dependable life-manual because it is the word of God (Summa Theologica, First Part, Q. 1, Art. 10). However, close inspection of the Bible calls into question its divine authorship; and, thus, its reliability as an accurate roadmap for the soul. In fact, under close examination it proves to be nothing more than a mundane and cobbled together collection of archaic superstitions beginning with the outlandish speculations of Moses concerning the creation of the world and ending with the maniacal ravings of John regarding its destruction. Exposing the true nature of Holy Writ was the main purpose for writing Unholy Writ. The modus operandi for this expos involved a thoroughgoing critical analysis of Scripture. The results from such a careful consideration of its contents clearly demonstrated that any claim that the Bible is some sort of sacrosanct ethical vade mecum is completely invalid. Specifically, the multiple contradictions and absurdities contained in the Bible confer an unreliability upon it that undermines its function as a guide for anything, let alone as some sort of moral map for the journey through life. Furthermore, many of the ideas that are promoted in Holy Writ are actually spiritually harmful. In addition, unless the condoned misogyny, violence, intolerance, injustice, and cruelty can be removed, then it is difficult to view the Scriptures as anything like an unwavering celestial beacon that clearly lights the way through the moral fog that at times engulfs our lives. Moreover, the many errors that it contains, including those about the natural world, undermine the pivotal claim that the Bible is divinely inspired.
 

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Dedication
10
I
245
the Craving for a Community of Worship
265
As a Drunken Man Staggereth in his Vomit
274
Cloven Footed Cud Chewers and Road Kill
282
Stoning the Ox
294
Such Language Less than Edifying Biblical Imagery
303
God Omnipotent Loses a Wrestling Match
310
4
424
Salvation through the Passion
441
Theophagy and other Scripturally Based Rituals
449
Creationism and Intelligent Design
457
Beshrew the TwoBacked Monster
495
8
496
Thou shalt not Think
503
Phinehas Javelin Throw
520

Deus Caritas Est a Contradictio in Adjecto
319
God as the Source of Evil
325
the Transmogrifying God
344
Believe or Be Damned
355
Dear Einstein God Plays with Loaded Dice
362
Salvation Damnation and the Immortality of the Soul
370
Thoughts of an Unregenerate Apostate
533
9
556
An Apologia for Religious Infidelity
566
Postscript
586
Copyright

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The author earned a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Marquette University and a second baccalaureate undergrad in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, he spent six years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Fellow at the Illinois Chicago at the Medical Center studying Neuroanatomy and Cell Biology.

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