FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Why did
you put the entire book online? Won’t this hurt your sales?
Quite simply, I chose to give it away free because the
message is more important than the money. I’ve received feedback both ways on
my decision, but the overwhelming majority lauds the choice to publish 100% of
the material on the web. Yes, this will inevitably hurt sales of the book
because many will choose to read it but not purchase it. I have absolutely no
problem with that decision. However, each book ordered through the purchase section keeps
the website up for another week or pays for much needed advertising.
happened to your email link? Why were the reader
response pages discontinued?
I removed the link and discontinued the pages for the
same number of reasons. I have received a number of somewhat threatening and
harassing emails. I have also received a large quantity of responses that do
not deserve comment, particularly bigoted copy-and-paste articles that I did
not want to run the risk of plagiarizing by reproducing and editorializing. I
tired of politely responding to the same old arguments that I have debunked
several times before. My tolerance to those letters noticeably diminished with
time. Responses to some absurd reader comments gave them an air of
respectability that they did not deserve. I am working on something new, and my
time is limited right now with that and other life factors. It takes the reader
very little time to compose an unorganized flight of ideas, but I take much
more time to carefully construct a response. With a
forty-hour job, the load was too much. Someone also thought it would be funny
to sign me up for Christian mass-mailing lists. I appreciate all the letters of
support, but perhaps you can now send those in the form of reviews on
3. Can I
help you out by writing a review?
Absolutely. If you read the book but didn’t
want to purchase a copy, a well written review may be just as beneficial. Good
or bad, let the world know what you think. Here are some direct links to the Biblical Nonsense review pages of the
three major online booksellers: amazon, barnes
& noble, and books-a-million.
This process takes no more than two minutes to complete. Please note that your
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4. Why would
you write such a book?
As stated in the book’s introduction, “Although I
can’t offer an exact reason, my passion is probably driven by the salient
danger created by Christianity and its subsequent influence on nearly two
billion people every day. While the evil forces of certain deceitful religions
have somewhat subsided in more recent times, the hatred inadvertently generated
by these belief systems remains the greatest threat to humankind’s continued
existence. In the past 2000 years, Christianity has been guilty of initiating
several wars and crusades resulting in thousands of needless deaths, blatantly
oppressing women to the point of worthlessness, abhorrently justifying the
enslavement of Africans and perpetuating cruelties upon them we would rather
just forget, shamelessly driving its followers to hang or burn alleged witches,
nearly exterminating the entire Native American population, and inconspicuously
robbing billions of people of countless man-hours that could have been much
better spent on improving our planet. Someone certainly needs to address these
issues, and the book most of the Western world swears by demands a thorough
5. Why do
you hate God?
I can’t easily provide a response for such a complex
question. I suppose that I can sum up my feelings by saying that I hate the god
in the Bible about like I hate the villain in a movie. Think about it.
6. Why do
you misrepresent Christianity? It isn’t like that.
Most of my writing does not deal with mainstream
Christianity, and this much should be obvious to discerning readers. I’ve often
argued that mainstream Christianity should essentially be renamed Salad Bar
Christianity since almost all Christians pick and choose the parts of the Bible
that they want to follow and ignore the parts that they don’t like. After
mainstream Christians make a dish of the religion that they prefer, they pass
their conclusions down to their children who, in turn, pick
and choose from those beliefs before passing them on. This practice is
so rampant that the overwhelming majority of those who call themselves
Christian know next to nothing about the Bible. I have no problem with those
who follow only the better principles of the book, but the notion that
something is moral or factual just because supporting passages can be found in
the Bible directly contradicts the practice of Salad Bar Christianity (not to
mention ethical behavior as a whole).
you read anything by Author X? He/she explains all of the so-called “problems”
While it’s not possible for
one person to answer every claim and review every supposed solution to every
discovered problem, whomever Author X happens to be at the moment, a few things
almost always remain true:
1. X began with the conclusion that the Bible is true
and worked backwards to find only supportive evidence.
2. X is not interested in the most likely conclusion,
only the most likely conclusion that doesn’t
invalidate the Bible.
3. If X was born with
religion Y instead of Christianity, X would be just as confident that religion
Y was correct.
4. There are countless Xs in every
religion who claim to be able to prove that each of their belief systems is
5. X is skillful at making an argument seem valid but
eventually looks foolish if you just do some unbiased research.
If you wanted safety information on a used car, would
it be wiser to trust the word of a used car salesperson or the findings of a
consumer report? I hope that you would trust the consumer report over the
salesperson because the salesperson has a vested interest in the quality of his
products and an even larger one in getting you to accept his opinion on his
products. The consumer report, on the other hand, would likely have no interest
in advancing a one-sided view of any product. Similarly, if you wanted to
obtain information on the historicity and veracity of Islam, would you ask an
Islamic scholar who has been taught about Islamic
sanctity since childhood, or would you ask a secular scholar with no emotional
investment in Islam? Would you not also do the same for Hinduism, Mormonism,
Buddhism, etc? If you utilize the same reasoning and choose the unbiased
scholar in each instance, as you very well should, why make an exception only
for Christianity? People who study a concept in which they have no emotional
investment are going to offer more reliable conclusions than those who want the
concept to yield a specific result. You may want to begin your quest for
8. May I
link to your page? Will you link back to my website?
You may include all the links to my website that you
want, but please be sure that there is a link to the main page. I don’t have a links page and do not plan on adding one at the
9. I want to
share your work with my friend. Is it okay if I copy and paste something from
Yes, but please sure that you follow
rules of fair use. Also, include a direct link back to the page from
which you copied the excerpt. If copying from the physical book, make sure you
provide proper attribution. Otherwise, you’re really
going to upset my publisher as well as the author.
religion are you?
Many readers have noticed that while I am enormously
concerned with the illegitimacy of the Bible, I never take the time to talk
about my own religious perspectives. I originally chose not to do so because
they were not relevant to the veracity of the Bible. To put the matter to rest,
I will declare that I do not follow any particular religion. Since I do not
subscribe to a specific religious belief, I pretty much find myself following
the basics of secular humanism as a moral guideline. In other words, I base my
decisions and actions upon reason and observation rather than religious
convictions and ancient superstitions. I ask myself what is right and what is
for the greater good–not what a man said that God said he wanted us to do,
which anyone can of course ascertain from one of the many books written during
the height of human gullibility. I do what is right because it is right–not
because an omnipresent voyeurist is going to reward me for doing so.
Even though I meet the classical definition of an
atheist, I also frequently refer to myself as agnostic because I know of no way
to be certain about supernatural existence–I can only eliminate possibilities.
Now that is not to say that I am uncertain whether the Judeo-Christian God
exists. I am in no more doubt on that issue than the existence of any of the
hundreds of other gods invented in the era. I simply will not rule out the
(unlikely?) possibility of a higher power that is beyond the scope of human
understanding–the Thomas Jeffersonian God, if you will.
More than one reader has suggested that calling
oneself a secular humanist is a thinly veiled attempt to avoid the term
atheist, but it is not a matter of what term one prefers because the two
schools of thought are independent and sometimes even contradictory. Atheism is
a religious stance that there is insufficient evidence to declare the existence
of a god; humanism is a philosophy that one should do what is for the greater
good without the expectation of a supernatural reward. Since there are a number
of Christian individuals who belong to humanist groups, it would not make much
to sense to call them Christian atheists. Many Christians (and perhaps a few
atheists) use the term interchangeably because they simply do not know the
difference. I hope that this practice will soon cease.
11. Are you
working on a new book?
My second (and hopefully last) book, The Religious Condition, was released on