More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion and Morality, Book 2

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Prometheus Books, 1993 - Religion - 452 pages
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The popularity of Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality led him to take another good look at the good book, a further examination of the Scriptures, designed to interest the average reader in reasonable analysis of the most influential document in Western civilization. Like his previous book, More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality is arranged alphabetically with totally new entries. 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 common ignorance as to its content is vast and deep. Noting that adults rarely read the Bible, Allen is convinced that the 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 extraordinary, 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 argument, 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 would use it as a weapon to force their views on the rest of the population. 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 reasonably about the Bible - is achieved through clear andreadable prose.

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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

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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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