• Investigates the claims of fundamentalist ministers
As the millennium approaches many claim we are living in the end times. Is our world coming to an end as described in the Book of Revelation? By comparing the predictions to actual history, as well as to each other and by noting evidence of historical anachronisms and faulty scholarship on the part of fundamentalist apologists, Callahan subjects the prophecies of the Bible to four rigorous questions: 1) Is the prophecy true, false or too vague to be specifically interpreted? 2) If the prophecy is true was it written before or after the fact? 3) If it was written before the fact, was its fulfillment something that could be predicted based on a logical interpretation of the events of the prophet's day? 4) Was the prophecy directive or deliberately fulfilled by someone with knowledge of the prophecy?
|Customerreview||WHY THE BIBLE IS JUST ANOTHER BOOK.
First, a message to all Christians who are bound to read the reviews for this book. For the record, I am a former fundamentalist Christian, and I am not bitter about my former background as such. Also, I do respect all who hold Christian beliefs. However, I must say that this book did indeed play an important part in my deconversion.
Please do not immediately dismiss this book in one fell swoop as another case of "Satan trying to discredit God's Word." The circular thinking that is evident in that is precisely the reason that a book like this could go so long without any decent treatment from Christian apologists.
Think about it. There are many, many people and books around the world that claim to contain the true words of God. Certainly, if all the other people who believed all of those other books followed this "Satan discrediting God's Word" line of reasoning, most of the people in the world would never, EVER find the true "word of God" (if it exists). For one of these books, like the Bible, to be the actual word of a loving God to mankind, there *must* be something to set it apart from the other books. In reality, Bible prophecy is really the only realistic claim that Christians have to their book being "the one."
I believed it for soooooo many years--as long as I can remember. I mean, I practically learned how to *freaking* read by reading a storybook bible. Later on, I read all the books by people like Tim Lahaye and spent 99.9% of the Sundays in my life in churches hearing all kinds of interpretations of Bible prophecy. Like so many other Christians, I thought I was well versed in it. However this is clearly not the case. Just by nature of reading a single critical book on the subject, written from another point of view, I have gained an understanding of the subject of Bible prophecy that is magnitudes greater than the 99.999% of Christian believers in Bible prophecy who have yet to do so. That's just how it is. Until most Christians step up to the plate and take a fair look at both sides of the issue by reading stuff like this, they really don't know the first thing about Bible prophecy.
That being said, I wholeheartedly recommend this book, to everyone. Even if you have no interest in Bible prophecy, you will gain a great deal of knowledge about history that should be required reading for anyone interested in the Bible. The author places everything in its historical context. He is also quite exhaustive in his representations of the historical scenarios and events that are related to Bible prophecy, so...in reality, I personally see no real way that the author could be wrong about most of the stuff unless he is deliberately misleading you.
Additionally, to those who get upset because of "liberal scholarship," you NEED to read this book. This particular author is very generous in that, although he makes extensive use of such "scholarship" to make his conclusions, he explains his reasoning very thoroughly at every step of the way.
To those who claim that this book somehow is lacking in the "bibliographical" department, that is pure nonsense. There is a very, very extensive bibliography of scholarly works and works written for the layman. Seriously.
Very boring read
I purchased this book expecting it to be an enjoyable read and see how unbelievable the christian beliefs are, just to amuse myself. What I got was a book written by a layman not for laymans, inside were page after page of tedious, painstaking presentations of the history of Israel, detailed analysis of the social conditions etc. that fit more for a student of bible criticism. Actually background info. about the prophecies are necessary and required, but to present it in such a tediously detailed manner only kills the interests of the average reader. This book is boring and is not for someone who wants an enjoyable read on a Sunday afternoon.
Sacred prophesy or poppycock?
By an intelligent theological layman for other intelligent members of the laity, this brief but scholarly book unmasks the deceits routinely practiced by Orthodox Jewish and Christian fundamentalists. Critical in the best sense of that term--i.e., consistently using his formidable analytical reasoning powers--Callhan makes mincemeat of the sophistry offered by true believers to buttress their beliefs in supernatural magic. A fine addition to any skeptic's library.
Interesting examination of what friday night preachers say
As someone who had to listen to bible prophesiers, I found this book highly interesting. Although my skeptical mind wasn't blindly in agreement, I did not posses the background to understand. Tim Callahan has done extensive research and outlines what fundamentalists say versus what the text/historical documents indicates.
Callahan is a wealth of knowledge
Callahan systematically makes his way through the prophecies of the Bible. He is very level headed and rational. He does not come off as a beligerent atheist, but rather a voice of reason. The last few chapters are very interesting as he demonstrates just how tenuous and imaginitive today's end times theories are. Dooms-dayers such as Hal Lindsey and Lahaye have somehow penetrated much of modern Christianity. Their sensational claims (cloaked as scholarship) are easily exposed by Callahan. This is a great book to have handy as a reference book when prophecy issues emerge.