About The Holy Bible by Robert G. IngersollI read the free Kindle version and a free version is available to read online at Google Books http://books.google.com/books/about/A...
This is rhetorical and I wouldnt 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 literature from various contexts in history, you can engage with it like you would any ancient literature, history, or mythology. If you do believe in God you can read it as something God would like you to be aware of and learn from, but any God that fits any decent description I have heard of God wouldnt want you to take it literally as Gods direct word. You can learn just as much from seeing the obvious mistakes made by the people and gods of the stories in it as you can from its timeless wisdom and account of human nature. In that sense, perhaps Mr. Ingersoll was a bit too harsh, but I have to agree with him on the relative merits of other ancient and modern literature.
But the difference between the Bible and at least most other ancient literature is that the Bible is historically very important to Western culture and, the King James Bile especially, to the English language and English speaking culture, and it is currently believed in some way and held sacred by probably billions of the Christians people on the planet. Christianity dominates this world we are in. You might as well read and find out for yourself what the dominant world religion believes. On the other hand, if you are Christian and are like most Christians you probably havent read for yourself most of what you believe. Consider reading the Bible - the whole Bible, by itself, without a preacher making a speech that dances around what it really says.
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