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Nonsense from the Bible

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The author of this book, Brian Baker, was a 'born again' fundamentalist Christian for seventeen years. For ten of those years he was the founding pastor of one of Australia's largest churches (1979-89). Following the failure of his marriage, he resigned from the ministry and then spent the following few years seriously examining his faith and the veracity of the Bible. Fin ...more
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Published October 1st 2012 by Fastpencil Inc (first published August 18th 2012)
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Erin
Needs an editor.
Jim Whitefield
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the author's note on Amazon ~ "Brian Baker, was a 'born again' fundamentalist Christian for seventeen years. For ten of those years he was the founding pastor of one of Australia's largest churches (1979-89). Following the failure of his marriage, he resigned from the ministry and then spent the following few years seriously examining his faith and the veracity of the Bible. Finally he came to the conclusion that his Christian beliefs were seriously flawed and that the Bible is entirely the ...more
Skyler Myers
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who want to see how stupid the Bible is but are too lazy to read it
PROs:

* Lots of ridiculous Bible verses

* Some good discussions about said verses

* Lots of topics covered

CONs:

* Can be tedious and repetitive due to the annoying KJV translation

* Definitely not a scholarly work

* Could have easily figured this all out of your own

One time fundamentalist Christian pastor turned atheist, Brian Baker points out the absurdities, contradictions, and atrocities contained in the Bible. Many topics are covered, from the Second Coming to the Flood myth. The author provides g
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John
This book was a total disappointment. Baker's whole idea behind writing it was apparently to belch and spew more of the same disillusioned ramblings of someone who now hates the Christian faith and attempts to discredit it. The title "Nonsense" is the only redeeming word.

What I was hoping for is not a theological debate or more of the vitriolic bile of a Price or Dawkins.

He should have written his pain—his personal experience or 'testimony', his journey from faith to atheism. This would be a goo
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Stephanie Choate
I knew there was violence, sex, and contradictions in the bible but man was this an eye opener. By "the good book", most of us should have already been stoned or burnt to death. All my life I was taught that "God is love" but through Brian Baker I learned God is egotistic, angry, self righteous, and cruel. I knew from a young age that it didn't feel right. It amazes me how people can still blindly follow something who commands and accepts killing, raping, and even cannibalism among other things. ...more
Joanna Graves
Awesome proof of bible contradiction from the bible itself

I chose this rating because Brian brought to life quotes from the bible and stories from the bible that the bible itself contradicts. Brian shows how the bible in the old testament says one thing but something totally different in the new testament. even showing examples of books of the bible where Jesus says not to call someone a fool but then showing in another book of the bible where Jesus uses the word f fool to refer to a group. to m
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Steven Kaminsky
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When one applies logic and reason to the bible.

This book it's well written and an easy read, (which is a real accomplishment when dealing with the complexities of the bible). When one applies logic and reason to the bible instead of approaching the bible with awe and reverence, it simply doesn't hold up. Instead of starting at the beginning (book of genesis) he starts with revelations. The reason is of course because of the importance of that book to fundamentalists, but over all this is a very
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Tiffany
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not scholarly. And the arguments are sad. A very lazy book. Even if I was teetering with my faith, this book still would not be able to convince me. I'm not being biased as a believer- I admit that the bible isn't the infallible/inerrant word of god and that there are definitely tough things to read/believe in the bible. But this book was a lazily researched and written book. The arguments could have been much better. Also, the use of the word "nonsense" was just way too damn much.
Phil
May 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From fundamentalist believer to fundamentalist atheist

The author is a self described former fundamentalist pastor who seems intent on convincing himself that his his previously held belief system is 180 degrees wrong. In the end, just as annoying as the rant of any religious fundamentalist.
Barbara Bertino
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A challenge to your beliefs

I liked the book.It covered many things I..have questioned .It provides food for thought . Great if you are an atheist If not,then read with.an.open.mind .it never hurts to question what you are taught,especially if you are unsure .and need knowledge to help. You understand give it a. Try.
Simon Sweetman
Well, there's plenty of books/stories about the absurdities of the bible, this one's kinda interesting because the guy was a pastor and has since turned his back, but more on that and less on going through the bible line-by-line and concluding every time with simply "nonsense" might have been better.
Grant Howard
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The acerbic tone won't win over believers, but if you're already an atheist you can learn some great debate fodder from this book. As an ex born again preacher of several decades the author has an in depth knowledge of the bible, which he's now putting to far better use.
Kerry
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of this was quite interesting, although I had heard a lot of it before. Information was fine but I found his style a bit irritating and snarky. I certainly prefer the more subtle wit of a Hitchens or a Dawkins rather than this. Useful information though.
Ca Williams
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much of this I already knew. I feel this is a good book for people who have never critically read the entire Bible for themselves. It may actually make them do so.
Jayson
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad place to start for someone beginning to question their beliefs and not aware of the absurdities of the bible. Nothing really groundbreaking, though.
Liz Echavarria
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty quick read. I found the information clear and to the point. Yes, I would recommend this book.
Joe
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read, good for beginners who are questioning the validity of the bible. It's nice to hear the perspective of an ex-pastor who has come around to reason.
Jessica Sweeting
Good read. However, if you normally read books of this genre you have probably heard it before. I also thought the multiple translations were unnecessary though I can see why he included it.
Michael Collins
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcomed reasoning

Nothing new for me but I found the format and reasoning to be well laid out. Overall I feel it's a good read
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“The Bible is a collection of stories and myths based on hearsay transmitted from generation to generation and which were recorded by many (40 +) different authors during a period spanning possibly 1,600 or more years.   The ‘evidence’ then is only to be found in the Bible – no historical, scientific or authenticated archaeological evidence exists. If you check the internet for such evidence you will discover many websites by Christian ministries – all present the evidence only from the Bible. Most so-called archaeological evidence is based on supposition rather than fact.” 2 likes
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