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The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read *(Or Synagogue, Temple, Mosque...)

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An enlightening anthology by world-renowned theologians, historians and researchers that exposes and challenges misrepresentations and age-old beliefs. With an introduction by ABC Radio Talk Show Host Bill Jenkins.

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 31st 2007 by Cambridge House Press, Inc. (first published 1993)
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Makes so very clear the 'Mythology' of Christianity in easy to understand language
The Book your Church Doesn't Want You to Read so easily shows how 'all' religions evolved from paganism, mythology, superstition,and man's 'fear of death'.

After allowing my self-delusion to cause my profession of faith for decades,I could no longer make excuses to attempt to justify continued belief in the god that Christianity espouses who in no way jives with the facts of everyday existence on this planet!

It just
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the eclectic nature of this book- its essays touched on so many different topics. it did not go super in depth into many of them, but provided an overview of such issues as female genital mutilation, sex abuse in churches, bible contradictions, and the religious right. The organization of the book was a little haphazard, but this was a very interesting and enlightening read.
Patricia Fultz
Jul 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this book. Being an atheist in a prodominantly Christian country can feel a little isolating sometimes. This book helps break down other religious dogma with facts. It's very interesting if you are interested in religious study. Don't read this if you are easily offended.
This book is not as great as I hoped. It does provide useful information and references about biblical errors, and about the ignorance and brutality of fundamentalist religions. However, it is not a very dynamic read.
Maurizio Codogno
Non so se la mia chiesa non mi farebbe mai leggere questo libro. Io comunque l'ho letto, perché sono sempre stato allergico ai libri proibiti; però mi chiedo se davvero un approccio di questo tipo può far spostare il credo di alcune persone. Innanzitutto, nonostante questa seconda edizione sia stata ampliata "includendo tutte le religioni più importanti" in realtà si parla per almeno i tre quarti del libro di cattolicesimo e fondamentalismo cristiano USA; il libro è chiaramente pensato per l'ame ...more
Un libro che raggruppa diversi saggi, articoli e parti di altri testi, tutti incentrati nel tentativo di screditare le grandi religioni monoteiste, con particolare attenzione a quella Cristiana.
Da persona agnostica, ma molto interessata all'aspetto storico ed antropologico delle religioni mi hanno profondamente urtato la mancanza di scientificità che invece ci si aspetterebbe da un testo del genere, la tendenza ad usare un tono troppo declamatorio e soprattutto le troppe imprecisioni se non add
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wish all my friends would read this book with an open mind. The chapters in the book are all writings by different authors, many going back 200 years. Thomas Jefferson's letter to his nephew was very interesting.

I most enjoyed learning about Zoroastrianism and Mitraism and much of what is in modern day faiths came from these two belief systems.
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition be read again. A critical review of the main organized religions. More references to the sources which have been quoted would have been welcome.
Antonio Gallo
Nov 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggistica, religione
Raramente decido di sconsigliare la lettura di un libro. In effetti questa è la prima volta che lo faccio e a ragion veduta. Avrei potuto investire meglio i dodici euri e novanta, solo se lo avessi saputo.

Consiglio sempre di leggere tutti i libri, convinto come sono che "ogni libro è un uomo". Ma gli autori di questo libro, che sembra abbia avuto molte copie vendute oltre oceano, la prima cosa che avrebbero dovuto spiegare è l'affermazione contenuta nel titolo. Spiegare, cioè, perchè le "altre"
Ho recentemente finito di leggere un libro che mi aveva parecchio incuriosito; sto parlando di un libro che attacca duramente tutte le religioni e le chiese del mondo. Sto parlando del libro dal titolo "Il libro che la tua chiesa non ti farebbe mai leggere".

Il libro è un insieme di saggi di "liberi pensatori" (come loro si definiscono) che trattano liberamente ogni aspetto delle varie religioni e chiese di tutte le epoche. Il libro mi ha molto appassionato anche se nelle parte centrale l'ho trov
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: atheism
The book provides a rather broad overview of atheism, but does not always welcome the label, and from which the reader can easily jump to other books and authors. The usefulness of the book mostly ends here because it is a bit outdated. However, there are a lot of classic writings in the book that are worth reading despite having more modern and relevant texts.

It is a good book to have in any library at least to check once in a while how disbelief has changed over the last few centuries, and in
Van't Hoff
Un insieme di saggi messi un po' alla rinfusa uno accanto all'altro. I temi sono interessanti, ma la trattazione � rapida e frammentaria, nonostante sia un volume di quasi 600 pagine. E ho notato almeno un errore: la confusione di Immacolata Concezione (concepimento senza peccato originale di Maria) con il concepimento verginale di Ges�. Visto che sul resto non ero ferrato temo ce ne possano essere altri!
G.M. Lupo
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is basically a collection of essays on various religious topics and how they have their origins in pagan traditions. I found it very informative and a good guidebook for anyone looking to distance themselves from mainstream religion. It won't necessarily cause a religious person to "leave the faith" but if you're questioning your religion, this book gives some good information on alternative answers to what you've been told by the church.
Naomi Moore
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-history
This is a powerful book that most of today's Christians are not ready for but MUST read!!! This should be required reading for anyone over the age 16. Section on the propagation of sexual abuse by clergy members sickened me to my stomach but also opened my eyes to the fact that it happens in Islam and Judaism as well. Definitely will recommend to others.
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
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This logically and systematically reviews contradictions in the Bible that I had never realized or chose to deconstruct.
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