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eBook Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion and Morality ePub
Author: Steve Allen
Language: English
ISBN: 0879756381
ISBN13: 978-0879756383
Publisher: Prometheus Books; F First Edition Used edition (October 1, 1990)
Pages: 463
Category: Bible Study & Reference
Subcategory: Christians
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 613
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ePub file: 1342 kb
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In this book, Allen focuses his talents and critical intelligence on the Bible. Steve Allen's interest in biblical scholarship began with casual reading of the Gideon Bibles that are found in hotel rooms across the country.

In this book, Allen focuses his talents and critical intelligence on the Bible. He points out that despite the significance of the Scriptures to Western culture, history, religion, and morality, the majority of Americans are almost completely ignorant of the actual contents of the Good Book. In the course of his reading, so many questions were raised in his mind that he started recording his thoughts. The practice turned into a 20-year habit and enough material to fill the present volume and many more.

Start by marking Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion and . Mr. Allen explores the Bible from a perspective of a believer - though somewhat less than a fundamentalist believer.

Start by marking Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion and Morality as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. He takes a common-sense approach to Bible egress and makes his observations and opinions interesting.

Steve Allen makes no pretension to biblical scholarship. As said earlier, not for the faint of heart, or those not interested in taking a critical look at the Bible and religion. Indeed, must one have such credentials to understand and appreciate the alleged word of God? I think not and neither does Allen as he rips through dozens of topics revealing the blatant flaws and fallacies of the "good book".

Published April 1993 by Prometheus Books.

Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American humorist, writer, composer, and general entertainer. This is The Tonight Show. I can't tell you too much about it, other than the fact that this program is going to go on forever. First broadcast of The Tonight Show (1953). Get this to Grand Central Station as quick as you can!

A book by Steve Allen? . I was truly surprised. Allen is a totally biased student of the Bible and my first clue should have been the publisher, Prometheus Books, a leading publisher of atheist and humanist thought.

A book by Steve Allen? The comedian? Here I suspected I could find an unbiased useful survey of the Bible. The second hint I should have received was the introduction written by Martin Gardner, a leading religious skeptic and naturalist. Apparently it doesn't disturb Prometheus Books to publish Allen's pulp on the Bible when he is not a scholar.

This is a list of works by American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer Steve Allen. Down Memory Lane (1949). The Benny Goodman Story (1956). The Big Circus (1959). College Confidential (1960). Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968). Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). The St. Tammany Miracle (1994). Songs for Sale (1950–1952). What's My Line? (regular panelist, 1953–1954; frequent guest panelist 1954–1967).

Although the Bible has been consulted for more than twenty centuries, Allen asserts that there remains an extensive degree of common ignorance about it. Noting that most people today rarely read the Bible, Allen is convinced that the millions who do read it are not able to understand certain. Noting that most people today rarely read the Bible, Allen is convinced that the millions who do read it are not able to understand certain passages at all.

One of his recent books is titled Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality. His knowledge of religion was minimal, his understanding of morality was grossly flawed, and his acquaintance with the Bible was both limited and distorted. The bibliography in his hostile composition revealed that he had read widely in works promoting skepticism, but that he knew almost nothing of conservative scholarship.

America's dean of intelligent comedy doesn't think the Bible is a laughing matter. His good look at the good book is a closely reasoned examination of Scripture, designed to encourage rational analysis of the most influential document of Western civilization. Although the Bible has been consulted for more than twenty centuries, Allen asserts that there remains an extensive degree of common ignorance about it. Noting that most people today 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 on the Bible, Religion, and Morality took form when Allen began his own exploration of the Bible, marking passages that struck him as extraordinarily beautiful, or those that were profoundly confusing. Spellbound by the very mystery of it, he perceived that much of the text leads directly to controversy. And, he urges, it is of greater importance now than ever before that all Americans be conversant with the Bible, partly because of those who would use Scriptures as a weapon to force their views on others.Allen presents his ideas as a series of alphabetically arranged essays on characters, events, and books of the Scriptures, as well as on such controversial topics as abortion, anti-Semitism, capital punishment, death, evolution, and original sin. He draws on the expertise of biblical scholars, theologians, and philosophers to demonstrate that fundamentalist assumptions about the reliability and authenticity of the Bible as the inviolable Word of God simply have no rational or factual basis.Allen highlights the errors, inconsistencies, and self-contradictions of the Bible. While not denying the value of many biblical passages, he argues that Americans can and should critique the Bible as they would any other historical document.While Allen finds much in the Bible with which one can take issue, his examination also reveals that much is meaningful. Allen's goal - to make people think reasonably about Scripture - is achieved through remarkable clear, readable, and insightful prose.
SARAND
I am a Quaker of some faith. Mr. Allen had the guts and intellect and drive to create a truly great book - second only to Mr. Thomas Paine;s
Age of Reason. Religion, Mr. Fox discovered 300 year ago, does not have to be based on the impossible, the long ago and far away, on the
pronouncement of authorities. Heresay is not evidence. Mr. Allen is a tiny bit bitter and leaves out the beautiful and useful spiritual
texts - of which there are many - in the Bible. Should be standard fare for all Sunday Schools (sic). He is exact opposite of the propagandist - which is the nature of most Christian preaching and teaching. I adore him for this and his many enlightening and amusing effort.
MEGA FREEDY
I have been a big fan of Steve Allen since the old Tonight Show and his Meeting of the Minds. It is amazing how he put new meanings into the Bible. There are some who had attack the Bible as a sport (Carlin, Maher for example), but Steve offered a thinking person challenge. He merely ask you to think! You need a strong faith to believe every words in the Bible. You only need your common sense to see that blind faith in the Bible is not for everyone. I am an atheist and I know that none of my religious friends would read this book, because the book asked too many questions. Questions which could shake one's faith. If a person is open minded.
CONVERSE
Easy to read, even and informative
Lestony
Mr. Allen did something few of us have done. To understand Christianity, he went to the source -- the Bible. He read it carefully and applied the same level of critical inquiry that one should apply when reading any book. The results were illuminating.

Among the reviews I've read, I found Mr. James O. Ditt's review revealing. His unhappiness with Mr. Allen's book reminded me of Mark Twain's words:

"When you know a man's religious complexion, you know what sort of books he reads when he wants some more light, and what sort of books he avoids, lest by accident he get more light than he wants." (Ira D. Cardiff, "What Great Men Think of Religion")
Alsanadar
A really smart, funny and clever man loved by millions of Americans, most of whom are religious, tells you how and why religion is ridiculous. It's beautiful. If most people dropped their irrational beliefs it would be much harder for them to be manipulated by right wing politicians and other assorted fools that use it for nefarious purposes. Religion is like getting pulled over by the cops...it's never good and may indeed end up fatal. IMHO
MegaStar
I read this book years many ago and decided to have another go at it. The things I didn't know about the Bible would fill several libraries, and Steve's book really helped me see that I wasn't crazy for thinking the small amount I did know didn't make much sense. This well-researched book will open your eyes and blow your mind!
Ballalune
Steve obviously had an incredible mind for his day. This is a thoughtful, detailed analysis not only of the bible, but where and how people have lost their values. Illiteracy is a fundamental failure of the human species. Critical thinking is almost a lost art in the world of screaming simpletons who flagrantly violate the very ethos of christianity. What is morality? What are the true values of our ancestry? Where do we pick up the pieces? We must stop and take inventory of who we are and what we want for the future of all mankind. An outstanding, thoughtful and articulate discussion of what we truly think we know about our history and faith. Thank you Steve!
Quite simply, Steve Allen, one of the great multi-talents of our time, has made a logical case for those who would clarify their belief in Christianity and discard the detritus of thought that has accumulated over the centuries. This is a book for THINKERS.
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