Books -

Books



The Bible was once regarded as the “Good Book.” But today it’s under relentless attack from liberal skeptics eager to justify their own political agendas.

Left-wing pundit Christopher Hitchens, author Sam Harris, British academic Richard Dawkins and other widely celebrated writers warn the world about the growing menace of religion in the public square. Plus, the Jesus Seminar and documentaries such as “The Bible Unearthed” claim to demonstrate that little or nothing the Bible says happened really happened anyway. Even pop culture has gotten into the act, with the TV dramas such as “The West Wing” and the popular magicians Penn and Teller featuring much-ballyhooed “debunkings” of the truth of the Bible.

But now, in The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Bible, Catholic writer Robert J. Hutchinson sets the record straight.

Hutchinson, the winner of eight journalism awards from the Associated Church Press, the Catholic Press Association and other organizations, sifts through archaeological and historical evidence to prove that the Bible — both the Old and the New Testaments — is on solid ground as history, as a guide to morality and ethics, and as the creative force behind western civilization.

The straight truth about Holy Writ

In The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Bible, you’ll discover:

  • How modern archaelogy supports, rather than undermines, the historical reliability of both Old and New Testaments…
  • How the so-called “inconsistencies” in the four canonical Gospels actually testify to their authenticity…
  • How the ethical codes of the Old Testament were unique for their time — and why that matters for life today…
  • How there were few voices in the ancient world that discerned any distinction between what was legal and what was moral or right — aside from the biblical prophets…
  • How Biblical religion is not the enemy of science — but actually made modern empirical science possible (which is why it developed only at one time and in one place in history, among millions of pious, church-going Christians in late medieval Europe)…
  • Why, despite what liberal theologians and popular novelists will tell you, Christians always regarded Jesus as divine…
  • Why you have to have a real ax to grind to think that the Old Testament takes a benign view of slavery — and how the campaign to abolish slavery in Europe was led by devout evangelical Anglicans and a dozen popes…
  • How critics of the Bible often mistake descriptions of actual human conduct for God’s will…
  • How by far the greatest slaughters in human history have been inflicted by “rationalists” and “atheists” — often in the name of riding the world of “superstitious” Judaism or Christianity
  • Refuted: the effort by liberal scholars to debunk those passages in the Bible that have traditionally been seen as unambiguous condemnation of homosexuality…
  • How the Bible laid the ground work for modern democracy…

Engaging and comprehensive, with interesting sidelights on how the Founding Fathers and great thinkers throughout history extolled the manifold virtues of deep familiarity with the contents of the Bible, The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Bible establishes a strong line of defense for all those who cherish the Bible’s role in shaping western civilization.

If you’re tired of ignorant and malicious Bible-bashing, The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Bible is the perfect antidote — a wonderful resource for religious educators, college courses, Sunday school classes and more.

Also: An audio edition of the book is available from Blackstone Audio Books’ Classics on Tape through Amazon.com.

***********************

Amazon.com
Robert Hutchinson is on a mission: to explore the living center of the Roman Catholic Church. “Twenty years after my first visit to Rome I set out to rediscover the Vatican. I wondered how it would all seem, to a smart-aleck American writer and confused Catholic, to really poke around the place, talk to the people who actually run it.” When in Rome is not a book of theology or politics, it’s a compilation of the nitty-gritty, day-to-day inside stories of what really makes the Eternal City tick. “I wanted to know how much money a cardinal made, what those silly capelike outfits were called, where the Swiss Guards went drinking on their days off, and so on,” explains Hutchinson.

This book is a collection of the best of his discoveries. Always with a sense of humor and a bottomless curiosity (sometimes irreverent, but never disrespectful), Hutchinson reveals how archaeologists found, then lost, the bones of St. Peter; he seeks erotic literature in the Vatican library to help him brush up on his Italian (when studying foreign languages he finds this genre increases his motivation to look up new words in the dictionary); he learns that “relics” in Rome range from right arms to foreskins; and devotes an entire chapter to the sex lives of the popes.

If Rome is on your itinerary, When in Rome: A Journal of Life in Vatican City is an excellent take-along read that will help make the Vatican City come to life. –Kathryn True

Print Friendly