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About The Holy Bible

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THIS 78 PAGE ARTICLE WAS EXTRACTED FROM THE BOOK: Works of Robert G. Ingersoll: Lectures V4, by Robert G. Ingersoll. To purchase the entire book, please order ISBN 0766172732.
Published December 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing
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Packed with reasons why the Bible isn't a "good book," clearly articulated for a general audience. This book even made me question the goodness of Jesus' character.
This was the first of his works that I've read. Tho' short and mildly fast-paced, it was very interesting to read a late 19th-century agnostic's views on the Holy Bible. With many views on the Bible heavily chastised and considered blasphemous nowadays, I take Ingersoll's words as a courageous leap forward during a time of heavy preaching and continual discrimination, a world that has unfortunately remained in almost two centuries later. Whatever your views or opinions or beliefs may be, I give ...more
Michael Dorais
I read the free Kindle version and a free version is available to read online at Google Books

This is rhetorical and I wouldn't be surprised if someone could pick apart a claim here and there and show it false, but this review of the Bible by an atheist humanist is pretty much on the money and consistent with my reading of the Bible.
My personal note is that once you dispense with the idea that the Bible is the literal word of God and read it as pure liter
David S. T.
This short work from the 19th century agnostic Ingersoll was a little disappointing. Right away he starts talking about Moses making up a religion to control his followers, regardless of what someone's opinion of this is, there's no way to know of this is true, if you accept the bible then Moses was telling the truth, if you don't then Moses could have been mistaken or delusional but that's no indication he made up a religion. Most of the rest of the book continues in like manner, he spends a si ...more
Allison Butler
Although I wish there were more citations for some of the assertions made by Ingersoll, I though this book was a very interesting read.

I've read many critiques of the bible as an inspired work, and this one adds some new insights and research points to further a reader's deconstruction of how the bible was put together and some of the historical inaccuracies it contains.

Overall, worth a read.
Siobhan O' Sullivan
great book, great writer, enjoyed this!
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