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Ninety percent of Americans own a copy of the Bible, and while it’s the most widely read book, it’s also the least understood. Regardless of your religion, understanding the Bible brings much of Western art, literature, and public discourse into greater focus—from Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” painting to the Wachowski brothers’ The Matrix movies. People have historically turned to religion to deal with tragedy and change, and with the right insight, the Bible can be an accessible, helpful guide to life’s big questions.
The Bible For Dummies appeals to people of all faiths, as well as those who don’t practice any particular religion, by providing interfaith coverage of the entire Bible and the often fascinating background information that makes the Bible come alive. You’ll find answers to such questions as:

Where did the Bible come from?
Who wrote the Bible?
How is the Bible put together?
Follow the history of the Bible from its beginning thousands of years ago as tattered scrolls to its status as the bestseller of all time. The Bible For Dummies covers these topics and more:

Ten people in the Bible you should know
The Hebrew Bible
The Apocrypha’s hidden treasures
What’s new about the New Testament
Israel’s wisdom, literature, and love poetry
The Bible’s enduring influence
The prophets: more than fortunetellers
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banned 16 Likes #1
I thought the bible was for dummies.

Discuss.
2 Likes #2
Surely just the normal Bible will do for Dummies ;)

Edit: Oooo, beaten by 2 mins, I'm glad the sentiment is the same tho

Edited By: Denzel on Oct 14, 2011 13:11
#3
I wonder how many of us came into this thread to leave a similar comment......?!? oO
2 Likes #4
I thought the title was fantastic, but the book didn't seem to go back past 5000 years, contain pictures of dinosaurs, or even explain what moses walked on after parting the seas at Gallilea :(

Still, well balanced and cheapest I could find.
2 Likes #5
Have you ever read it? Not a chapter or a verse, but the whole thing?
It's just that it's hardly honest to make a throwaway comment like that if you haven't actually read it.
#6
danrus
Have you ever read it? Not a chapter or a verse, but the whole thing?
It's just that it's hardly honest to make a throwaway comment like that if you haven't actually read it.


I have, yes. I was brought up Roman Cathlolic, attended Sunday school every week, attended all religious celebrations etc.
1 Like #7
So is it your experience of what people have done with it that causes this reaction or is it the content of the book itself?
4 Likes #8
dunfyboy
I thought the bible was for dummies.

Discuss.


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1 Like #9
renderman
danrus
Have you ever read it? Not a chapter or a verse, but the whole thing?
It's just that it's hardly honest to make a throwaway comment like that if you haven't actually read it.


I have, yes. I was brought up Roman Cathlolic, attended Sunday school every week, attended all religious celebrations etc.


Then you would know that Moses didn't part "the seas at Gallilea" then - he parted the Red Sea.
1 Like #10
It's actually the constant re-interpretation, application, and a lifetime of unanswered questions, except for "it just is", "faith" and I guess the omnipotent/omnipresent versus "free will" answers.
1 Like #11
renderman
danrus
Have you ever read it? Not a chapter or a verse, but the whole thing?
It's just that it's hardly honest to make a throwaway comment like that if you haven't actually read it.

I have, yes. I was brought up Roman Cathlolic, attended Sunday school every week, attended all religious celebrations etc.

Me too, and I saw the flaws in it when I was 4 let alone now.

Have fun sucking up to 'your' god, I will just lead a good life without needing the carrot of heaven.
#12
Religiuos books should always be free...
#13
mrzootsuit
renderman
danrus
Have you ever read it? Not a chapter or a verse, but the whole thing?
It's just that it's hardly honest to make a throwaway comment like that if you haven't actually read it.


I have, yes. I was brought up Roman Cathlolic, attended Sunday school every week, attended all religious celebrations etc.


Then you would know that Moses didn't part "the seas at Gallilea" then - he parted the Red Sea.


My apologies, it was of course Jesus who walked on the sea of Gallilea
3 Likes #14
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/12/19/a-holiday-message-from-ricky-gervais-why-im-an-atheist/

This explains my views a lot more eloquently than I ever could (please read it to the end if you disagree)
2 Likes #15
I can't answer all your questions, but there are plenty of people who believe/say/have had an encounter with the god of this book and they all agree that he is good and worth knowing. I still have unanswered questions, but I see it more like a jigsaw, I don't need to have all the pieces in place to see that the picture of this god is that he is wonderful and meeting him is what we were made for.
3 Likes #16
Jesus was great.

Just saved you £8.86
#17
In my mind Danrus, if there were a god, it would be the one Stephen Hawking described in "a brief history of time", as the creator/starter of the big bang, then stood back and let it expand.

But I respect your beliefs.
#18
danrus
I can't answer all your questions, but there are plenty of people who believe/say/have had an encounter with the god of this book and they all agree that he is good and worth knowing. I still have unanswered questions, but I see it more like a jigsaw, I don't need to have all the pieces in place to see that the picture of this god is that he is wonderful and meeting him is what we were made for.

I don't believe them I'm afraid, super natual encounters can be explained very confidently, I bet these people were all 'looking' for something. I'm not saying you can't believe in magic sky people but keep it to yourself.
banned 1 Like #19
BradyBrade!
Jesus was great.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JauED94-kMY/TPXc3EzsCwI/AAAAAAAAAME/G8SlaXO22FM/s1600/jesus+family+guy.gif
#20
Although as a quick quote from that book that always reminded me of my youth.

"what did god invent BEFORE the universe?" -

"He invented hell for people like you who ask stupid questions like that" :)
1 Like #21
renderman
In my mind Danrus, if there were a god, it would be the one Stephen Hawking described in "a brief history of time", as the creator/starter of the big bang, then stood back and let it expand.

But I respect your beliefs.


And I respect yours too.

The god you describe sounds possible, but the god of the bible is driven and motivated by love - everything else comes after. He hates the wrong things people do, which only hurt themselves and others, but instead of condemning everybody, he loves this mess so much that he comes and gets condemned and punished himself.

Which is why Paul can write in 2 Corinthians 5:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them.

I prefer this god to some blind watchmaker
1 Like #22
danrus
renderman
In my mind Danrus, if there were a god, it would be the one Stephen Hawking described in "a brief history of time", as the creator/starter of the big bang, then stood back and let it expand.

But I respect your beliefs.

And I respect yours too.

The god you describe sounds possible, but the god of the bible is driven and motivated by love - everything else comes after. He hates the wrong things people do, which only hurt themselves and others, but instead of condemning everybody, he loves this mess so much that he comes and gets condemned and punished himself.

Which is why Paul can write in 2 Corinthians 5:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them.

I prefer this god to some blind watchmaker

Thinly vailed insult there^

Why do you believe one book (Bible) and not another one (say lord of the rings - which incidentally the author did think was real) I assure you they were both written by men, you admit so yourself.

To quote a clever man I forget the name of "The universe is so amazing and magnificent on its own why do you need to beileve someone created it?"
#23
I still have trouble with the "Omnipotence" part, i'm afraid. Everything should be created perfect, no-one should be born ill (child leukemia, born disabled, etc etc) which are outside the realms of free will. Which I guess coupled with wars and famine and the poorest/natural disaster countries being the most devoutly religious, just doesn't gel with my inquisitive mind.

Edited By: renderman on Oct 14, 2011 13:47
2 Likes #24
Denzel
danrus
I can't answer all your questions, but there are plenty of people who believe/say/have had an encounter with the god of this book and they all agree that he is good and worth knowing. I still have unanswered questions, but I see it more like a jigsaw, I don't need to have all the pieces in place to see that the picture of this god is that he is wonderful and meeting him is what we were made for.


I don't believe them I'm afraid, super natual encounters can be explained very confidently, I bet these people were all 'looking' for something. I'm not saying you can't believe in magic sky people but keep it to yourself.


It's your privilege to believe or not - but why not talk to people who say the god of this book has really transformed their lives? Go in with an open mind, if you dare to have your worldview challenged by more love and forgiveness than you can handle.

It shames me to say that there are too many people in churches in this country that haven't met the god of this book, but go out of tradition or obligation. You'll probably spot them quite easily. The rest of us are far from perfect but we can tell you what difference this god makes in our lives every day.
2 Likes #25
This whole thread needs deleting; targeting religion as Friday comic relief is too easy. Every comic, ever has had their go, it's old. It's not like anyone is going to dispute any joke or religous insult on here with some evidence as we'd all be religious if there was some.

A MOD needs to delete obvious joke deal
#26
danrus
Denzel
danrus
I can't answer all your questions, but there are plenty of people who believe/say/have had an encounter with the god of this book and they all agree that he is good and worth knowing. I still have unanswered questions, but I see it more like a jigsaw, I don't need to have all the pieces in place to see that the picture of this god is that he is wonderful and meeting him is what we were made for.


I don't believe them I'm afraid, super natual encounters can be explained very confidently, I bet these people were all 'looking' for something. I'm not saying you can't believe in magic sky people but keep it to yourself.


It's your privilege to believe or not - but why not talk to people who say the god of this book has really transformed their lives? Go in with an open mind, if you dare to have your worldview challenged by more love and forgiveness than you can handle.

It shames me to say that there are too many people in churches in this country that haven't met the god of this book, but go out of tradition or obligation. You'll probably spot them quite easily. The rest of us are far from perfect but we can tell you what difference this god makes in our lives every day.


Ok, then, tell us. Tell us about the times you have seen, heard or touched god. Tell us about the positive things that have happened in your life that have been a result of god, and also show him to us, because he's doing a really really good job of hiding from me.

I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is, and approach life with a completely open mind. If you are able to do this, you will soon see that the concept of god is entirely within your own imagination.
1 Like #27
Denzel
danrus
renderman
In my mind Danrus, if there were a god, it would be the one Stephen Hawking described in "a brief history of time", as the creator/starter of the big bang, then stood back and let it expand.

But I respect your beliefs.


And I respect yours too.

The god you describe sounds possible, but the god of the bible is driven and motivated by love - everything else comes after. He hates the wrong things people do, which only hurt themselves and others, but instead of condemning everybody, he loves this mess so much that he comes and gets condemned and punished himself.

Which is why Paul can write in 2 Corinthians 5:19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them.

I prefer this god to some blind watchmaker


Thinly vailed insult there^

Why do you believe one book (Bible) and not another one (say lord of the rings - which incidentally the author did think was real) I assure you they were both written by men, you admit so yourself.

To quote a clever man I forget the name of "The universe is so amazing and magnificent on its own why do you need to beileve someone created it?"


Not meant to be an insult, I thought Newton called the hands off god a blind watchmaker - I could be wrong though.

The reason I believe the bible is that when I read what this Jesus was like it spoke to a deep need inside of me to be made right and to be loved. And that's what I get everyday despite my appalling failings - this hands on god loves weedy little me.

I don't know anything that has made itself, so I find it easier and more natural to believe in a maker than everything appeared in a puff of nothing.
#28
dmorison
danrus
Denzel
danrus
I can't answer all your questions, but there are plenty of people who believe/say/have had an encounter with the god of this book and they all agree that he is good and worth knowing. I still have unanswered questions, but I see it more like a jigsaw, I don't need to have all the pieces in place to see that the picture of this god is that he is wonderful and meeting him is what we were made for.


I don't believe them I'm afraid, super natual encounters can be explained very confidently, I bet these people were all 'looking' for something. I'm not saying you can't believe in magic sky people but keep it to yourself.


It's your privilege to believe or not - but why not talk to people who say the god of this book has really transformed their lives? Go in with an open mind, if you dare to have your worldview challenged by more love and forgiveness than you can handle.

It shames me to say that there are too many people in churches in this country that haven't met the god of this book, but go out of tradition or obligation. You'll probably spot them quite easily. The rest of us are far from perfect but we can tell you what difference this god makes in our lives every day.


Ok, then, tell us. Tell us about the times you have seen, heard or touched god. Tell us about the positive things that have happened in your life that have been a result of god, and also show him to us, because he's doing a really really good job of hiding from me.

I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is, and approach life with a completely open mind. If you are able to do this, you will soon see that the concept of god is entirely within your own imagination.



I don't believe them I'm afraid, super natual encounters can be explained very confidently, I bet these people were all 'looking' for something. I'm not saying you can't believe in magic sky people but keep it to yourself.



I'm just some bloke on the interwebs, why not engage with actual people you can meet, share a meal with and see their body language - if they're liars you'll soon see. If they're not then you'll have to dig deeper or decide to believe they're deluded.
#29
danrus
Denzel
danrus
I can't answer all your questions, but there are plenty of people who believe/say/have had an encounter with the god of this book and they all agree that he is good and worth knowing. I still have unanswered questions, but I see it more like a jigsaw, I don't need to have all the pieces in place to see that the picture of this god is that he is wonderful and meeting him is what we were made for.

I don't believe them I'm afraid, super natual encounters can be explained very confidently, I bet these people were all 'looking' for something. I'm not saying you can't believe in magic sky people but keep it to yourself.

It's your privilege to believe or not - but why not talk to people who say the god of this book has really transformed their lives? Go in with an open mind, if you dare to have your worldview challenged by more love and forgiveness than you can handle.

It shames me to say that there are too many people in churches in this country that haven't met the god of this book, but go out of tradition or obligation. You'll probably spot them quite easily. The rest of us are far from perfect but we can tell you what difference this god makes in our lives every day.


I like your calm reasoning, but its flawed, did you read that article I posted, it pretty much answers anything you may post here, with relevence to you comment :A placeboo gives comfort to people, that does not make it real. By the same token, I have a Tiger repelling Pen on my desk - not one tiger has attacked me while I have had it! See the outcome of something is not proof of it reality.
#30
Yeh What's Christianity ever done for us..............?

Apart from: Christmas Presents.........and Easter Eggs.........and Sunday Double Time...:D

and Pancake Teusday.........

Edited By: mynisawn on Oct 14, 2011 14:02
1 Like #31
So, apart from the mass-debating, is it a good deal ?
#32
danrus
dmorison
danrus
Denzel
danrus
I can't answer all your questions, but there are plenty of people who believe/say/have had an encounter with the god of this book and they all agree that he is good and worth knowing. I still have unanswered questions, but I see it more like a jigsaw, I don't need to have all the pieces in place to see that the picture of this god is that he is wonderful and meeting him is what we were made for.

I don't believe them I'm afraid, super natual encounters can be explained very confidently, I bet these people were all 'looking' for something. I'm not saying you can't believe in magic sky people but keep it to yourself.

It's your privilege to believe or not - but why not talk to people who say the god of this book has really transformed their lives? Go in with an open mind, if you dare to have your worldview challenged by more love and forgiveness than you can handle.

It shames me to say that there are too many people in churches in this country that haven't met the god of this book, but go out of tradition or obligation. You'll probably spot them quite easily. The rest of us are far from perfect but we can tell you what difference this god makes in our lives every day.

Ok, then, tell us. Tell us about the times you have seen, heard or touched god. Tell us about the positive things that have happened in your life that have been a result of god, and also show him to us, because he's doing a really really good job of hiding from me.

I challenge you to put your money where your mouth is, and approach life with a completely open mind. If you are able to do this, you will soon see that the concept of god is entirely within your own imagination.


I don't believe them I'm afraid, super natual encounters can be explained very confidently, I bet these people were all 'looking' for something. I'm not saying you can't believe in magic sky people but keep it to yourself.



I'm just some bloke on the interwebs, why not engage with actual people you can meet, share a meal with and see their body language - if they're liars you'll soon see. If they're not then you'll have to dig deeper or decide to believe they're deluded.

You have no idea who your talking to (not a threat i might add but you dont not know my circumstances) I have done these things on probably more occasions than you have, My family are very religious and 2 uncles are preists, trust me i have seen my fair share of religion. I think what your getting at is charity, it exists outside of religon you know.
2 Likes #33
renderman
So, apart from the mass-debating, is it a good deal ?


You posted it, so you must think it is, or were interested in causing a debate?
#34
To be fair it's likely this is a pretty neutral book giving facts on the origins the bible etc.

But surely the main point is ... it's not that cheap !
#35
cicobuff
renderman
So, apart from the mass-debating, is it a good deal ?


You posted it, so you must think it is, or were interested in causing a debate?


I love mass-debating, but the post was originally in fun while looking for something else, and was surprised the title was allowed into the mainstream, although if you look at the related books, it does cover every religion.
#36
"The universe is so amazing and magnificent on its own why do you need to beileve someone created it?"[/quote]

In regards to the origin of the universe; my supposed logical thinking just won't let me accept that 'every'-thing came from 'no'-thing.
What was this 'no' -thing, and where did this 'no' -thing come from?
And, don't tell me it came from nowhere, because I will ask where this 'no'where is located - and who/what is responsible for it.
2 Likes #37
Why is this being voted cold because it's a religious book? if it was a any ordinary best seller bet all these people that voted cold would either not vote or vote it hot.

A lot of people commenting/voting cold have never read the bible or even gone to church it just based on the biased opinions you have of christian/religion.

My views are that I would rather get to heaven and find out there is no God than spend the rest of eternity in hell. Jesus is love, He brings hope to those that will accept and allow Him into their live and will obey His ways. The more you seek to know you know Him and allow Him to teach you the more you find answers to those questions you have, but you can only have answers if you have an open mind.

God created a good world and as human being we decided to go against instructions as many do againt the law and commit crimes yet He stepped in and saved us be sending His only son to earth to die for us.....that is a God of love. Which father on this forum would do that for anyone else? He is alway there waiting for you ...He said anyone who comes to me I will accept no matter what. Just simply ask Him to come into your live. God bless you.

Edited By: bepurple on Oct 14, 2011 15:01: typos
#38
renderman
cicobuff
renderman
So, apart from the mass-debating, is it a good deal ?

You posted it, so you must think it is, or were interested in causing a debate?

I love mass-debating, but the post was originally in fun while looking for something else, and was surprised the title was allowed into the mainstream, although if you look at the related books, it does cover every religion.

meh
1 Like #39
bepurple
Why is this being voted cold because it's a religious book? if it was a any ordinary best seller bet all these people that voted cold would either not vote or vote it hot.

A lot of people commenting/voting cold have never read the bible or even gone to church it just based on the biased opinions you have of christian/religion.

My views are that I would rather het to heaven and find out there is no God that spend the rest of eternity in hell. Jesus is love, He brings hope to those that will accept and allow Him into their live and will obey His ways. The more you seek to know you know Him and allow Him to teach you the more you find answers to those questions you have, but you can only have answers if you have an open mind.

God created a good world and as human being we decided to go against instructions as many do againt the law and commit crimes yet He stepped in and saved us be sending His only son to earth to die for us.....that is a God of love. Which father on this forum would do that for anyone else? He is alway there waiting for you ...He said anyone who comes to me I will accept no matter what. Just simply ask Him to come into your live. God bless you.

Why would such a good guy send me to hell for not believing in him? Surely he would just judge me on how good a guy I was? Religon does not have a monopoly on being a good person.
3 Likes #40
bepurple

God created a good world


That's your opinion, mine is very different. Man created God, and it was far from one of his better ideas !

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