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(updated October 1, 2009)


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026. The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision
of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts,
by Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman
"Excerpt from Helpful information to refute claims
that  'Jesus Christ - Son of God & a Virgin' existed

... [referring to The Bible Unearthed] The headline
news in this book is easy to pick out: there is no
evidence for the existence of Abraham, or any of
the Patriarchs; ditto for Moses and the Exodus;
and the same goes for the whole period of Judges
and the united monarchy of David and Solomon. ...

... Finkelstein and Silberman approach it as a dis-
tinctly human record, one bearing the marks not of
careful historians but rather of impassioned vision-
aries struggling to wrest transcendent meaning out
of the whirlwind of events.

Following a trail of evidence uncovered in recent
decades by archaeologists working throughout the
Near East, the authors find no corroboration for the
biblical accounts of Abraham or Joseph or Moses.

And although archaeology does verify the historical
reality of David and Solomon, it exposes their em-
pire as a mere shadow of that ascribed to them in
Scripture. ... Clue by clue, a pattern of discrepan-
cies accumulates separating archaeology from
Scripture ..."

Archaeology refutes the Bible's claim to history

False Testament: Archaeology Refutes the Bible's
Claim to History

Archaeology and Biblical Skepticism

Grounds for Disbelief

025. Bible Myths and Their Parallels
In Other Religions, by Thomas Doane
"... compares biblical myths and miracles with those
of other religions, considering also their origin and
meaning. It has many illustrations. ... From the table
of contents, part 1 consists of 11 chapters focused
primarily on old testament myths, and part 2 consists
of 40 chapters focused primarily on new testament
myths, Jesus Christ, and christianity. ..."

024. The Year of Living Biblically,
by A.J. Jacobs
"... Put a fine writer to work on a great idea and you
get a book that is timely, at times hilarious, moving,
profound, irreverent, and respectful. This memoir of
a secular individual's attempts to obey the Bible, lit-
erally, for an entire year -- from the Ten Command-
ments to somewhat less publicized rules, such as
avoiding clothes made of mixed fibers, playing a
ten-string harp, and stoning adulterers. ...  "

023. Illustrated Stories From the Bible
(that they won't tell you in Sunday School),
by Paul Farrell
"... An adult parody of children's Bible-story books. Because it is extremely accurate -- even anatomic-
ally accurate -- in depicting the often shocking tales
that make the bible an ethicist's nightmare.

Illustrated Stories From The Bible can be recom-
mended for children no more than one could recom-
mend the Bible itself. Each tale (illustrated by car-
toonist Kathy Demchuck) is told in the wide-eyed,
isn't-God-wonderful manner of the books usually
employed to entice children into churches. Each
story is followed, however, by a rationalist's ethical
critique that draws upon the best modern scholar-
ship concerning the Bible. ...

Paul Farrell ... was reared as a Roman Catholic. In
his early twenties he became a born-again Christian
and began researching topics from evolution to abor-
tion. He developed into a fervent apologist for funda-
mentalism and frequently debated issues from the fundamentalist perspective.

Ultimately, his intense and thorough studies led him
out of the Bible and Christianity altogether. He be-
came a born-again Atheist. 'I found myself in the
embarrassing position of having to admit that the
Bible god was not the loving, divine being that I
had been defending. Instead, it was a rather un-
savory character conjured up in the minds of men.
It was sobering to realize how easily I had man-
aged to gloss over critical biblical problems during
all my Bible studies. I resolved to present these
issues in a way that could not simply be swept
under the rug and ignored.' ..."

022. Biblical Nonsense: A Review
of the Bible for Doubting Christians,
by Jason Long
"... The Bible is not the word of God.

Biblical Nonsense is a broad look at the tremendous
problem of associating divinity with the world’s most
popular book. This part-philosophical, part-scientific
overview explores the Bible’s divine treachery, scien-
tific mistakes, historical errors, false prophecies, and
comical absurdities.

Biblical Nonsense also expands beyond these stan-
dard reasons for skepticism by tackling the rationale
behind the emergence and perpetuation of Christian-
ity, psychological and sociocultural reasons that drive Christians to cling to their beliefs, and illogical meth-
ods of argumentation invoked in the defense of the

Author Dr. Jason Long is a former Christian who condenses the most significant biblical problems
into this single volume. ... God’s supposed word
is a product of human minds, not divine inspiration. ..."

021. The Atheist's Introduction to the New
Testament : How the Bible Undermines the
Basic Teachings of Christianity, by Mike Davis
"... our one-volume guide to the contradictions
and inconsistencies found in Christianity's holy
scriptures. It's the only resource you'll need to
successfully debate Christian fundamentalists
and expose the many weaknesses in the found-
ing documents of the Christian religion.

Unlike many contradiction lists available on
the internet ... organizes biblical contradictions
around  each of the major Christian theological
doctrines -- sin, forgiveness, salvation, the resur-
rection, the second coming, the divinity of Jesus --
to show that they have NO consistent support
in the Bible. ..."

020. The Causes of Anti-Semitism:
A Critique of the Bible, by Arthur Blech
"...  Blech argues that both Christianity and Judaism
are responsible for anti-Semitism in claiming divine
revelation as the source of their scriptures.

By assuming divine authority, members of both reli-
gions felt justified in persecuting nonbelievers. In the
case of Judaism, non-Jews were rejected as inferior
to the 'chosen people'; and in the case of Christianity,
Jews in particular became the object of contempt
because Christians believed that Jews had spurned
divine revelation in the form of God’s son.

Blech carefully explores the foundations of both
major faiths, surgically dismantling their claims to

Since more than a century of scientific research
shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Bible
was not divinely inspired, but composed by all-too-
human authors, Blech makes clear that the hatred
and contempt these human authors preached have
irreparably misled Christians and Jews alike.

The Causes of Anti-Semitism shows that the curse
of anti-Semitism has been kept alive by inventions
and myths — artificial props to support the evil
agenda of corrupt individuals throughout history.

... Arthur Blech (Los Angeles, CA), whose family
perished in the Holocaust ..."

015. Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia)
Criticism of the Bible and Biblical Criticism, by User Contributions

"... Criticism of the Bible ... about criticisms which
are made against the Bible as a source of information
or ethical guidance. Criticism of the Bible is not the
same thing as Biblical criticism which is the academic
treatment of the Bible as a historical document. It is
also not the same as Criticism of Christianity or Criti-
cism of Judaism
[or Criticism of Islam], which are
criticisms of entire religions.

In modern times, the view that the Bible should be
accepted as historically accurate and as a reliable
guide to morality has been questioned by many
mainstream academics in the field of Biblical criti-
. ...

Biblical criticism is 'the study and investigation of
biblical writings that seeks to make discerning and
discriminating judgments about these writings.'

It asks when and where a particular text originated;
how, why, by whom, for whom, and in what circum-
stances it was produced; what influences were at
work in its production; what sources were used in
its composition and the message it was intended to

It also addresses the physical text, including the
meaning of the words and the way in which they
are used, its preservation, history and integrity. Bib-
lical criticism draws upon a wide range of scholarly
disciplines including archaeology, anthropology, folk-
lore, linguistics, oral tradition studies, and historical
and religious studies.

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019. DVD : Mark Twain Tonight!

018. DVD : The Bible Unearthed

017. Pro-Humanist FREELOVER Posts which
include videos pertaining to Bible Criticism
(as of October 1, 2009)

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016. Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism :
A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture,
by John Shelby Spong
[moved from 'Christian Criticism' to 'Bible Criticism']

"... The provocative national bestseller that issues
a daring call for contemporary understanding of
scripture. Outspoken and controversial, Bishop
Spong brilliantly reclaims the Bible from the nar-
row-minded literalism that has been used to justify
slavery, ban textbooks, deny the rights of gays and
lesbians, subordinate women, and justify war and

015. Asimov's Guide to the Bible: The Old and New
Testaments/Two Volumes in One, by Isaac Asimov

"... If you are really interested in a critical and accurate
review of the most misused book in history, the bible,
the work and writing of Asimov, in these volumes as
well as in his other science materials, is a must. If you
fear a challenge or need the comfort of myth, legend
and superstition, don't read this book, or Sagan, they
may make you think.

014. Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality,
by Steve Allen, Martin Gardner

"... This is an excellent layperson analysis of the Holy
Bible. Steve Allen makes no pretension to biblical
scholarship. Indeed, must one have such credentials
to understand and appreciate the alleged word of
God? I think not and neither does Allen as he rips
through dozens of topics revealing the blatant flaws
and fallacies of the good book. ..."

013. More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion,
& Morality / Book II, by Steve Allen
"... As Allen says in this book, and in its prequel, many
of us have been guilty of reading the Bible for years
without truly considering the impact of the moral values
it expounds. ... Those who take the time to read its
contents, however, will be unable to avoid rethinking
and reconsidering their long-held assumptions con-
cerning the teachings of scripture and its impact on
Western culture's view of morality. ..."

012. The X-Rated Bible : An Irreverent Survey of Sex
in the Scriptures, by Ben Edward Akerley
"... >Incest, rape, adultery, exhibitionism, prostitution,
homosexuality, abortion, mate swapping, bestiality
-- it's all there in the book held sacred by three of the
world's major religions. Originally published to reveal
the hypocrisy of fundamentalists' attempts to censor
and suppress the kind of material found throughout
their own scriptures, The X-Rated Bible quickly
became the American Atheist Press's most notorious
and best-selling book. ..."

011. Ken's Guide to the Bible, by Ken Smith
"... >The world's most complete compendium of
the Bible's most embarrassing passages. With
hammerhead precision and pig-iron wit, this
compact volume lays bare all the sex, gore, and
lunacy that the Bible has to offer. ..."

010. The Born Again Skeptic's Guide To the
Bible, by Ruth Hurmence Green

"... >Many theists are taught only selected por-
tions of the Bible. They conveniently gloss over
the more horrific aspects. Ruth takes all pas-
sages into account, those where God is shown
to be grand and those where he's spiteful, cruel
and morally repugnant.

What makes the Born Again Skeptics Guide
entertaining is Ruth's healthy dose of humor on
almost every page. These comments are intended
to show the absurdity of the Bible while maintain-
ing the reader's interest.

009. The Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy,
by C. Dennis McKinsey
"... >This important new volume is the most compre-
hensive critique of the Bible ever written. McKinsey
strives to tell both the good and bad of biblical writ-
ings with this thoroughly-researched expose of the
Bible's errors, contradictions, and fallacies.

McKinsey believes that it is important that the Bible's
inadequacies and negative teachings be exposed.

008. The Bible Tells Me So : Uses and Abuses of
Holy Scripture, by Jim Hill, Rand Cheadle

"... >A study of the Bible's often contradictory role
in human morality demonstrates how the Bible has
been used throughout history as a tool to justify
harmful control, superiority, discrimination, and
murder. ..."

007. The Bible According to Mark Twain: Irreverent
Writings on Heaven, Eden, and the Flood,
by America's Master Satirist -- Mark Twain

"... Mark Twain takes on Heaven and Hell, sinners
and saints, and showcases his own unique approach
to the Holy Scriptures including Adam and Eve's
divergent accounts of their domestic troubles, Satan's
take on our concept of the afterlife, Methuselah's
discussion of an ancient version of baseball, and
advice on how to dress and tip properly in heaven.

Behind the humor of these pieces, readers will see
Twain's serious thoughts on the relationship between
God and man, biblical inconsistencies, Darwinism,
science, and the impact of technology on religious

006. The Skeptic's Annotated Bible / Quran / Book of Mormon
"... Online annotated version of King James Bible,
Quran, and Book of Mormon --  loaded with eye-
opening criticisms. ..."

005. Some Mistakes of Moses,
by Robert G. Ingersoll

"... Robert Ingersoll has to be the most important
19th century figure who is now totally unknown.
Ingersoll was known as the 'Great Agnostic' and
devoted his life to challenging people to rethink
their preconceived notions about religion and the

This book is his analysis of Genesis and over a
century later it still forces you to open your mind
and reconsider. Some of his arguments have been
made a number of times in the intervening period
but never with more punch or flare. A real eye
opener! ..."

004. Mythology's Last Gods : Yahweh and
Jesus, by William N. Harwood
"... William Harwood is refreshingly candid in this
historical treatment of the bible as mythology and propaganda. It will shock and offend those not
ready to deal with stark historical realities and
frank observations.

... This book lays bare closely-guarded facts that
various clericalist hierarchies have hidden from the
view of their flocks for centuries in place of dogma
and articles of faith. ..."

003. Queen Jane's Version, The Holy Bible for
Adults Only, by Douglas A. Rankin
"... An outrageous parody, chapter and verse, of
the King James Version (KJV). Throughout the
text, graphic icons flag the most scandalous scrip-
tures, while contemporary language (including
epithets and sexually-explicit slang where appro-
priate) exposes and holds up for ridicule all the
flaws, errors, contradictions, debaucheries, atro-
cities, obscenities, and absurdities that fill the
'original' KJV.

Though the QJV is often radical, cynical, sar-
castic, blasphemous, and bawdy, the purpose
of such an approach is to inspire people to live
life for life rather than for death, for reality rather
than for mind-crippling myth. ..."

002. Woe To The Women: The Bible Tells
Me So, by Annie Laurie Gaylor
"... Each chapter addresses a topic of interest to
women and explains how the Bible treats the issue.
For instance, the 'Creation' chapter explains how
the Bible shows women as the cause of the down-
fall of the human race, 'Rape' shows alarming
views featured in the Old and New Testament
about this awful violation of women, and 'The
Strange Woman' shows how the Bible contin-
ually insults women and makes them metaphors
for all kinds of evil things. ..."

001. Who Wrote the Bible?,
by Richard Elliott Friedman
"... Focusing on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Num-
bers, and Deuteronomy, Friedman draws upon bib-
lical and archaeological evidence to make a convinc-
ing argument for the identities of their authors...."

For a more thorough listing encompassing all the
books of the bible, see Authors of the Bible.