An assemblage of the less inspiring parts of the Bible. Includes passages describing god's violence, hatred and injustice. Shows how the Bible encourages and even demands immorality and human rights abuses. Details well over 400 clear contradictions within the Bible itself, as well as many more passages where the Bible contradicts known reality, contains absurdities or is just utterly nonsensical. Makes clear that the Bible is anything other than a holy book and that the god of the Bible is anything other than loving and just. Shows that the Bible is far from being the "inerrant word of god".
The book is organized into three parts. The first part consists of those Bible passages in which god or religion are presented as evil, violent or repugnant for some reason or other. Chapter One lists passages that display the wanton violence that god is depicted as displaying in the Bible. Chapter Two lists passages that actually describe god as evil or hateful. Chapter Three lists that passages that teach rather twisted or perverse morals or a warped sense of justice. Chapter Four contains just a few leftover passages that will leave the reader to wonder about the "holiness" or "wholesomeness" of the Bible or that might be interesting for some other reason. The second part consists of two chapters that give Bible passages and then ask a question for the reader to answer about those passages. Chapter Five is the chapter that contains the list of contradictory passages in the Bible. Chapter Six lists passages that do not necessarily contradict other passages in the Bible but would give pause to a reader who wishes to claim that the Bible is the "inerrant word of god". Many of these contradict known reality, such as the earth being a sphere or turning on its axis, even though they don't necessarily conflict with other Bible passages. Finally, the last part is just one short chapter, Chapter Seven, consisting of a short ten-question "test" for a person to take if he or she wishes to claim that he or she actually believes this book of fables, superstition and horror. I believe it is safe to bet that most "believers" would "fail" the test. Those who don't are or should be in insane asylums. My apologies for any offense. This is not to say that Christians or people who are adherants to other religions are bad people. Most Christians are good, upstanding people in general. As Steven Pinker states in The Better Angels of Our Nature, "The overwhelming majority of observant Jews and Christians are, needless to say, thoroughly decent people who do not sanction genocide, rape, slavery, or stoning people for frivolous infractions. Their reverence for the Bible is purely talismanic. In recent millennia and centuries the Bible has been spin-doctored, allegorized, superseded by less violent texts (the Talmud among Jews and the New Testament among Christians), or discreetly ignored. And that is the point. Sensibilities toward violence have changed so much that religious people today compartmentalize their attitude to the Bible. They pay it lip service as a symbol of morality, while getting their actual morality from more modern principles."
Since there is none among the many different translations and versions of the Bible that is universally accepted as most accurate, all passages quoted are taken from the traditional King James Version of the Bible. Although its wording and style are a bit archaic, it is still generally intelligible to people of our times.
As a note to those who are not already familiar with the Bible, it is a collection of 66 books, divided into an Old Testament, the books written before the time of Christ, consisting of 39 books, and a New Testament, written since the time of Christ, consisting of 27 books. The books of 1 Samuel ("First Samuel"), 2 Samuel, 1 Kings and 2 Kings in the Old Testament recite the history of the kings of Israel and Judah (which split off from Israel during the course of the books). The two books that follow those, 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles, are essentially a rehash of the same sequence of kings, and so present good fodder for finding contradictions between the two different accounts. You will see numerous examples of contradictions posing a passage from the first group of books against a passage from the latter. Similarly, the first four books of the New Testament are the four "gospels", each giving a separate account of the life of Jesus, and so, once again, provide plenty of fodder for contradictions. Also, note that the spellings of names often vary from one book to another, in particular, between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Isaiah, for instance, in the Old Testament, is Esaias in the New Testament. Elijah in the Old Testament is Elias in the New Testament. I have tried to clarify these differences in the examples given.