God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction Read Online Free - 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 thirteen 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.
|Title||:||God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction|
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July 02, 2016
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program in the hopes that I would leave an honest review.
This book served to reinforce my preconceived notion that religion is merely a means to explain things that society doesn't understand. But it also showed me that it...
June 03, 2017
"And now, reading the foreward: Richard Dawkins".
Yes, I know you groaned. I groaned too. We all groaned. It was uncharacteristically brief, then enter, stage right, Dan Barker, who proceeds to explain how he's pretty much the opposite of a born-again Christian in that he was once real into God, a...
March 11, 2016
I thought this book would be interesting because the title comes from Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion." Dan Barker is not Richard Dawkins. Neither is he Christopher Hitchens or Michael Shermer - all authors that I admire. Basically this is a concordance of often repeated Bible quotes with litt...
July 09, 2017
A book of bible verses describing the horrible aspects of God. I know first hand that this book will offended certain people who swear God is good, kind, and loving.
February 19, 2016
After debating fundamentalists on the internet for more than a decade, I must say I expected a little more from this book than hundreds of pages of (sometimes superficial) quote-mining. It's not that I disagree with Barker - his conclusion is pretty much spot-on. But the way he gets there leaves...
August 05, 2016
Very good reference to the ugliness of the good book and its lead character. Well organized giving detailed accounts of the ugly nature of God depicted in the bible. See my updates for more detail. I think people will find it eye opening.
May 20, 2016
This book was born out of the idea for a website that was intended to act as a sort of web to connect all of the verses therein to the qualities listed in Dawkins famous quotation around which this text is based:
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fictio...
August 20, 2016
Its danial tanvir , i am 22 am from pakistan and i am very good friends with atheist writer dan barker and i have gotten dozens and dozens of emails from him
i have read two of his last books twice.
he is great!.
this was a great read but it was not as good as his other book called "god less"
August 01, 2017
Heavily focused on the OT and what a horrific god he is.
Would be nice to see a full length breakdown on the NT rather then a small chapter.
February 07, 2017
The Lord Jealous.
"For you shall worship no other god, because the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous god..."
- Exodus 34:14
From the get-go Dan's dry humor about the god from the bible drew me in. Throughout the book he points out the inconsistencies and downright weird crap in the bible's n...