|The Dark Sides are 1) the darker behaviours advocated or condoned by the Bible or God and 2) the Bible's inconsistencies and contradictions, since they dim the light that such a book might provide by creating a fog of confusion.
The Bible, which is generally considered by Christians to represent the Word of God, is one of the key foundations of Christianity, and hence helps to propagate superstition and to keep the burden of religion weighing down on us, and holding us back.
The main objective of this book is to demonstrate that this foundation of Christian belief is not as firm as some might think - that the Bible is more akin to quicksand than a rock and not something on which a wise person would base his or her life.
A second objective is to highlight some of the darker aspects of biblical teachings, to make clear to those who might think of following the teachings of the Bible just what they're following, and to help explain why some religious fanatics claim that God and the Bible endorse their extreme actions - their murders and their persecution of others.
The first main chapter, Morals and Behaviour, exposes some of the darker behaviours and attitudes apparently advocated or condoned by God or the Bible, or even practised directly by God himself, including genocide, murder, wife-killing, maiming, slavery, disrespect of women and homophobia.
The second main chapter, Weak Foundations, looks at religious beliefs and metaphysical and supernatural concepts. It shows how some of the fundamental Christian beliefs, such as Creation, the Virgin Birth of Jesus, the Resurrection of Jesus and eternal life, are severely weakened by the inconsistencies in the accounts or descriptions of these in the Bible. It also shows that the Bible is far from consistent in its teachings about concepts such as monotheism and good and evil, and shows how certain Biblical concepts and ideas change over time. For example, the concepts of Hell and of God versus Satan, which are prominent in the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus, are virtually absent from the Old Testament. Amazingly, the Bible is also shown to be unsure about whether God or Satan carries out certain acts. This chapter also looks at the character of God: mendacious, irresolute, arrogant, boastful, cruel and uncaring are some of the adjectives that can be used to describe God's behaviour in the Bible.
The third main chapter, Take Your Pick!, looks at some of the inconsistencies and contradictions found in the Bible that invite the reader to ask themselves whether they can trust the Bible at all when it has so many of these. If a book that is supposedly inspired by God cannot get its basic historical or narrative facts straight, then what credence should be given to its second-hand accounts of the existence of, or contents of, conversations with God, or its accounts of miracles and supernatural events?
The book also takes a more general stand against religious faith. Faith, as normally defined, is essentially unjustified belief. As soon as something can be shown to be true or justified, or, conversely, can be shown to be false, then faith should fly out of the window to be replaced by knowledge. Knowledge can therefore be seen as inherently superior to faith. An increase in knowledge of something should reduce the need for faith in it. The knowledge that has been gained over the last 2000 years should reduce the need for religious faith. Despite this, believers continue to follow the Bible's centuries-old teachings in the belief that these are totally relevant to today's life, despite experience that points to their being beyond their sell-by date, however applicable they might have seemed in earlier times. This book asks readers to treat the Bible as 'a book' and not 'The Book', to realize that they are the principal controllers of their destiny, and to believe that the only arbiters of their actions are human - themselves and others in society.
Most homes have packs of playing cards, dice and various game sets, such as Scrabble and Othello. But do you always play the same, old familiar games? Or do you play so rarely that you've forgotten what most games are about? If you wipe the dust off a box and open it up expecting that Colonel Mustard will soon be going to jail for trapping the Queen of Hearts in a hotel, you're getting stale, mate!
Don't let your game sets go to waste. The boards and other pieces can often be used for other games. This book introduces a wide variety of games that can be played using components or all of game sets such as: Reversi (Othello), Scrabble, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit and playing cards.
Some of the games are old, some are old and some are borrowed, such as dice games played with cards.