God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction

Author: Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins
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by distantocean   2019-11-17

You might want to read God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction by former pastor Dan Barker. While writing the book he also put together a list of The top 10 absolute worst Old Testament verses -- definitely worth a look.

You can check out BibViz for a lengthy list of Biblical contradictions, scientific absurdities, moral atrocities and more.

And you may also want to watch some of NonStampCollector's hilarious and meticulously researched videos; "Quiz Show (Bible Contradictions)" is a good place to start.

Let us know if there's anything else you need or if you want to discuss the things you're thinking about.

by Sanpaku   2019-11-17

Former evangelical preacher Dan Barker wrote God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction for you.

by awkward_armadillo   2019-11-17

There are a ton. To name just a few:

  • The flood killed every baby alive
  • The firstborn of Egypt (Exodus 12:29)
  • Orders the ripping of babies from the wombs of Samarian women (Hosea 13:16)
  • Commands the killing of nursing babies (1 Samuel 15:3)

Dan Barker wrote a book titled God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction that lists entire chapters of god either doing or commanding ludicrous things. Not really a good book for reading, but a great book for reference.

by distantocean   2019-11-17

This list of attributes is on point:

> The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

That's a quote from Richard Dawkins, but the link I provided is for an article by former pastor Dan Barker, who carefully documented each and every one of those attributes (and more as well) in his book God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction. And I just happened across an FFRF web page that provides online references for them as well.

It's all good, but my personal favorite part of the quote is "in all fiction", which Christians never seem to notice or complain about (probably because their heads are exploding from the rest of it).