Dan Barker; Richard Dawkins

God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (Paperback)

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Book FormatPaperback
AuthorDan Barker; Richard Dawkins
Publication DateMarch, 2018
ISBN-139781454930105
GenreReligion/Atheism
<b>Expanding on a concept from <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>The God Delusion</i>, former ordained minister and current atheist Dan Barker gives us a biblical play-by-play illustrating God's not-so-admirable qualities.</b> <br /> What words come to mind when we think of God? Merciful? Just? Compassionate? In fact, the Bible lays out God's primary qualities clearly: jealous, petty, unforgiving, bloodthirsty, vindictive--and worse! Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and bestselling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction. Barker combs through both the Old and New Testament (as well as 13 different editions of the &quot;Good Book&quot;), presenting powerful evidence for why the Scripture shouldn't govern our everyday lives. This witty, well-researched book suggests that we should move past the Bible and clear a path to a kinder and more thoughtful world.

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Expanding on a concept from New York Times bestseller The God Delusion, former ordained minister and current atheist Dan Barker gives us a biblical play-by-play illustrating God's not-so-admirable qualities.
What words come to mind when we think of God? Merciful? Just? Compassionate? In fact, the Bible lays out God's primary qualities clearly: jealous, petty, unforgiving, bloodthirsty, vindictive--and worse! Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and bestselling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction. Barker combs through both the Old and New Testament (as well as 13 different editions of the "Good Book"), presenting powerful evidence for why the Scripture shouldn't govern our everyday lives. This witty, well-researched book suggests that we should move past the Bible and clear a path to a kinder and more thoughtful world.Expanding on a concept from New York Times bestseller The God Delusion, former ordained minister and current atheist Dan Barker gives us a biblical play-by-play illustrating God's not-so-admirable qualities.
What words come to mind when we think of God? Merciful? Just? Compassionate? In fact, the Bible lays out God's primary qualities clearly: jealous, petty, unforgiving, bloodthirsty, vindictive--and worse! Originally conceived as a joint presentation between influential thinker and bestselling author Richard Dawkins and former evangelical preacher Dan Barker, this unique book provides an investigation into what may be the most unpleasant character in all fiction. Barker combs through both the Old and New Testament (as well as 13 different editions of the "Good Book"), presenting powerful evidence for why the Scripture shouldn't govern our everyday lives. This witty, well-researched book suggests that we should move past the Bible and clear a path to a kinder and more thoughtful world.

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Publisher
Sterling
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Dan Barker; Richard Dawkins
Title
God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction
ISBN-13
9781454930105
Publication Date
March, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1454930101

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Although most books li...

Although most books like Dan Barker's God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction are almost exclusively read by skeptics, agnostics, and atheists, it most certainly should be read by believers. An interesting forward by Richard Dawkins connects this book with Dawkins' best seller, The God Delusion, and Barker begins his introduction with a quote from Chapter Two of God Delusion>/i>, "The God of the old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capricious malevolent bully" (1). Strident yes, but Barker then breaks down each of these charges with extensive quotes from the Bible. Every rational, literate, and open-minded person - regardless of beliefs - should exam this collection and think about what they truly know as completely separate from what one believes. Belief should be a personal and private set of vies of life, death, and everything we experience in between. Knowledge is entirely another matter. If you can read this and come away with your belief system intact, fine. If you reject all of Barker and Dawson, also fine, but perhaps you might learn one lesson and that I take from Matthew 6:5-6, "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily, I say unto you, They have their reward (5). "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward they openly" (6). Amen. --Jim, 5/10/16

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The author takes on th...

The author takes on the task of demonstrating that Richard Dawkin's description of God as the most unpleasant character in all of fiction is justified through the use of verses from the Old Testament. He takes each of the attributes that Dawkins mentions as a chapter title, and adds a Section 2 in which he declares that Dawkins was too kind, as he details several more unpleasant characteristics he discovered in his research. Finally, he moves to the New Testament to answer the claim of believers that Jesus changed all that, by demonstrating what he felt were verses that violated that idea. The main weaknesses of the book were the repetitive nature, which of course had a lot to do with the repetitive nature of the Bible itself, but which could have been mitigated by using a verse only once, then saying "See also" and listing where else it applied. Another weakness is in the final chapter, dealing with the New Testament. It would be possible to make a much stronger case for the character flaws of Jesus than Barker did, and perhaps would have been more interesting than the case he actually did make (which was only mildly convincing). Overall, a decent, quick read, and recommended for anyone who has to deal with friends who insist on peddling the tired old trope "God is Love."


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