- Taschenbuch: 245 Seiten
- Verlag: Feral House; Auflage: 2nd Revised edition (1. April 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0922915555
- ISBN-13: 978-0922915552
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,5 x 22,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 696.645 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The X-Rated Bible: An Irreverent Survey of Sex in the Scriptures (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. April 1999
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A survey of sex as it is depicted in the scriptures.
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Why is the Good Book so bizarre, sexual and violent?
When first published in 1985 by Madalyn Murray O'Hair (who has since mysteriously disappeared) and her Atheist Foundation, The X-Rated Bible caused a national furor, complete with scathing newspaper editorials, talk show outrage and praise from publications like Playboy.
Now that we approach the millennium, Ben Akerley's controversial book has been enlarged and revised, and its new printing deserves a more considered reassessment from the national press. Is it, as Playboy wrote, "a witty but scholarly examination and analysis of all the sexual activity that fundamentalists tend to overlook in the King James Bible." Or are the weird and steamy actions that occur in the bible always righteously "mentioned as evil and usually punished as evil," as propounded by the outraged right-wing organization, Morality in Media?
In its first incarnation, no major book distributor agreed to carry The X-Rated Bible. But today, the chains have gotten a little bolder, and all have agreed to carry a book an editorial in the Tulsa World wished would "wind up on the back shelves of a dark warehouse."
Advance Praise for the new, Feral House edition of The X-Rated Bible:
"Everything you wanted to know about the holiness-horniness nexus, but they wouldn't tell you." George Carlin
"Not since God exposed his rear parts to Moses has the Bible reared its exposed parts to such raunchy scrutiny." Paul Krassner, The Realist
When "The X-Rated Bible" first came out in 1985, even though it was published by a small company it received some serious attention, and Akerley was forced into debates on radio and TV programs. His critics were unable to point out any serious flaws in his work and research - because he was merely quoting the "Holy Scriptures," not making anything up! For freethinkers and believers alike, Akerley has done a great service, because the Bible is a manual designed to manipulate the masses. The fact that very few believers actually read the "Good Book" and know little about its endless chronicling of perversion and genocide, constitutes proof that it serves as mind-control, as does the fact that those selfsame believers mindlessly believe the Bible is some great, spiritual work because their priests and pastors have selectively fed them "feel-good" passages. In reality, a close examination of the Bible will nauseate all but the most insensate.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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When "The X-Rated Bible" first came out in 1985, even though it was published by a small company it received some serious attention, and Akerley was forced into debates on radio and TV programs. His critics were unable to point out any serious flaws in his work and research - because he was merely quoting the "Holy Scriptures," not making anything up! For freethinkers and believers alike, Akerley has done a great service, because the Bible is a manual designed to manipulate the masses. The fact that very few believers actually read the "Good Book" and know little about its endless chronicling of perversion and genocide, constitutes proof that it serves as mind-control, as does the fact that those selfsame believers mindlessly believe the Bible is some great, spiritual work because their priests and pastors have selectively fed them "feel-good" passages. In reality, a close examination of the Bible will nauseate all but the most insensate. As the great statesman Thomas Paine said, quoted by Akerley:
"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness, that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind; and, for my part, I sincerely detest it, as I detest everything that is cruel."
And the eminent freethinker Robert Ingersoll stated:
"Nobody holds with greater contempt than I the writers, publishers, or dealers in obscene literature. One of my objections to the Bible is that it contains hundreds of grossly obscene passages not fit to be read by any decent man; thousands of passages, in my judgment, calculated to corrupt the minds of youth."
Ben Akerley has compiled these various obscene passages in one easy-to-read book that loosens the bonds of erroneous beliefs which have caused inconceivable carnage and turmoil upon this planet. And his wonderful work has now been re-published in a beautifully done layout by the experts at Feral House. The back cover blurb runs, "That's right, friends. We're talking about the Holy Bible, a book filled with incest, rape, adultery, exhibitionism, debauchery, abortion, prostitution, drugs, bestiality, castration, scatology - all the nasty stuff!" In exposing the Bible's "dirty little secrets," Akerley cites scripture, chapter and verse, and explains sexual euphemisms and innuendoes designed to go over the heads of the common folk, which they obviously have. "The X-rated Bible" is truly a unique book that should be read by all who are interested in what the Bible really says.
Acharya S Archaeologist, Historian, Mythologist, Linguist Member, American School of Classical Studies
Mr. Akerley does a good job of presenting this ribald side of the Holy Book, and when it's not diluted by less interesting material, it makes quite an impression.
I'm waiting for the companion book, tentatively titled "The Blood-soaked Bible: A Gruesome Survey of Violence in the Scriptures."
I understand there's a problem at the publishers, as it's turning out to be a four-volume set.
This book offers a detailed account of the many lewd actions described and, what's worse, praised in the Bible; it's food for thought. And thought requires an open mind. That said, if you're one of those people who adore televangelists, forget it.
Also, forget it if you're looking for a piece of erotic literature or for a set of pornographic novels with a religious twist.
I really wonder when someone will write a survey of the pro-racist, bigot and fascist messages of the Bible, though.
it provides the reader with background of the author which helps you extablish his stance. he is/was (?) a professor at a university (and an atheist), and a christian organization rallied against some activity or group that was made for or involved homosexuals, and he wrote in their newspaper about how they're really oblivious to all the sexual commentary thats actually in the bible. he educates the reader on the verse and gives other insights to them by psychologists, philosophers, even archeologists. it shows you verses in the bible under different headings like "homosexuality", "abortions" "rape", "sodomy and masterbation" and other things that most people don't assume are in the bible, but actually are.
the problem i had with this book was at the end, it had an application that is to be mailed in for either an Atheist book club, or some sort of Atheist organization. its almost like he's saying "well, since i've shown you all there is about christianity, and pulverized its arguments and beliefs, you really have no choice but to become an atheist". i'm sure, being an atheist he knows what its like to have someone trying to force their religion down his throat, but that is kind of what he's doing. and when you can show the invalidity of one religion, like christianity, then there isn't an obligation to atheism. theres also theism, deism, agnosticism, buddhism, muslim, sikhism, jainism and the other million religions there are out there.
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