Bondage of the Mind: How Old Testament Fundamentalism Shackles the Mind and Enslaves the Spirit : Toward a Better Understanding of the Religious Experience

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Aldus Books, 2008 - Religion - 268 pages
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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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Bondage of the Mind: How Old Testament Fundamentalism Shackles the Mind and Enslaves the Spirit

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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

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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.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
The Illusion of the Revelation at Mount Sinai
11
The Fundamentalists vs the Archeologists
25
The Astrologers Fallacy
45
The Immorality of the Doctrine of Divine Retribution
59
Of Kosher Hoofs and Cuds
65
Who Wrote the Torah When Where and Why?
77
Why the Jewish People Survived
89
The Fallacy of a Superior Fundamentalist Morality
119
The Fundamentalists Last Lines of Defense
165
Judgment Day
175
Escape from Bondage
187
Vox Populi Vox Dei
197
Understanding the Religious Experience
209
A Final Word
223
Acknowledgments
253

Judaism Is Unique but Not Uniquely Unique
105

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