Bondage of the Mind: How Old Testament Fundamentalism Shackles the Mind and Enslaves the Spirit : Toward a Better Understanding of the Religious Experience
Dismantles the whole mind-set of the religious fundamentalist. Important reading for anyone concerned about the insidious mind manipulation that cults and fundamentalist religious groups employ to gain converts.
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With all the energy of an iconoclast of 1859 or 1927, Gold has pitched himself against hyperliteralism in the ranks of Orthodox Judaism, which, unbeknownst to the greater public, is as likely as ... Read full review
Have you come to believe that the world is in the state it is because of long, gradual, naturalistic processes? Then the claims of divine revelations throw a wrench in the works, don't they? Have you then just dismissed these claims without producing any (counter-) evidence? Then that is tantamount to a belief that you are dismissing in the first place.
The Old Testament -- which also forms the foundation for the modern Judaism, Islam and Christianity, and hence forms the foundation for most of popular modern religions -- cannot be just dismissed lest that dismissal is deemed as illogical, irrational and without evidence as this central tenet is.
In this book the author takes a clear-eyed look at this text, and tackles the claims based on it, which he shows are outrageous and without basis.
The Illusion of the Revelation at Mount Sinai
The Fundamentalists vs the Archeologists
The Astrologers Fallacy
The Immorality of the Doctrine of Divine Retribution
Of Kosher Hoofs and Cuds
Who Wrote the Torah When Where and Why?
Why the Jewish People Survived
The Fallacy of a Superior Fundamentalist Morality
The Fundamentalists Last Lines of Defense
Escape from Bondage
Vox Populi Vox Dei
Understanding the Religious Experience
A Final Word
Judaism Is Unique but Not Uniquely Unique