More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion and Morality, Book 2
The popularity of Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality has led the Dean of Intelligent Comedy to continue his skeptical examination of biblical claims. Among the topics discussed in this new book, More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion and Morality, are abortion, alcoholism, angels, homosexuality, the Song of Solomon, Leviticus, Peter, and women's liberation.
Although the Bible has been referred to, quoted from, and applied to broad social issues and private problems for centuries, Allen asserts that the degree of ignorance as to its content is vast and deep. Noting that adults rarely read the Bible, Allen is convinced that millions who do read it are not able to understand certain passages at all.
Steve Allen's Bible study began during his travels: he would peruse the Bibles found in any hotel room, marking passages that would strike him as extraordinarily beautiful or extremely confusing. Spellbound by the mystery of it, he became aware that from the very beginning the text leads not just to scholarly debate, but directly to controversy that has, over the centuries and even today, fostered unaccountable slaughter and atrocity. And, he notes, it is perhaps of greater urgency now than ever before that all Americans become conversant with the Bible, because of those who use it as a weapon to force their views on the rest of the population. Although Allen believes in God, he is critical of those fundamentalists who interpret the Bible literally, and those who would use it in the political arena.
Throughout the book, Allen offers direct quotes from biblical scholars - Catholic, Protestant, Judaic - in addition to generous references to the views of various scholarly specialists. His goal - to make people think about what the Bible really says - is achieved through clear and readable prose. More Steve Allen on the Bible is an important addition to our understanding of the Bible, religion, and morality.
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More Steve Allen on the Bible, religion & moralityUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Like Allen's previous volume ( LJ 10/15/90), this one gives us 113 short essays, alphabetically arranged by topic, that range in subject from abortion and alcoholism to ghosts and glossolalia to ... Read full review
This book helped me a lot. Steve Allen is not afraid to discuss the problems with the Bible. He especially made clear that Revelations (in which the Apocalypse is described) is not really very clear. I never did understand Revelations, but I thought maybe I was missing something, since Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins had made such a big deal of it with their "Left Behind" series.
Allen straightens all that out. Basically, what he says is this: We really can't pay much attention to Revelations, because it really can't be understood, and because, too, the author or authors are actually not known, though many have made attributions of authorship to various early Christian writers.
Allen's basic approach is that God, as an omnipotent, omniscient power, could not have had much to do with the Bible, because the Bible has so many contradictions, errors, descriptions of revenge instigated by God or Yahweh. Allen interprets the Bible literally in order to show how it really doesn't hold together. But I think, at least for me, Allen's whole book (I didn't read the first volume) tends to increase my faith in God, the omnipotent, omniscient One, that is. I'll have to look a little closer at our current version (one of many) of the Bible.
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