The Heathen’s Guide by Jon Darby
The Heathen's Guide to Understanding Biblical Fallacies, Anachronisms, Contradictions, Non Sequiturs, and other Sheer Impossibilities is the result of many years of studying religion in general and the Bible in particular. For over a decade, I have been studying the texts of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and many other religions. I have taken part in the practices of the religions themselves, attending services in an attempt to try to understand why it is people believe the things they do. Ultimately, the more I studied, the less I believed, and this book is a result of the information I had to process as I underwent that journey.
Part A - The Heathen's Desk Reference
Originating as the notes I took while I first began reading the Bible, The Heathen's Desk Reference is the result of me wanting to read it and figure out its claims for myself. While I explain where the problems I found and where they lie, my goal for you, as it was for myself, is to let you think for yourself. Don't take my word for it--the verses are meticulously cited specifically so that you can read them for yourself!
Part 1 - The Gospel According to Jon
While it was a part of my path to atheism, dismantling the Bible is not the only piece of the puzzle. The Gospel According to Jon represents the remainder of my journey. With sections on truth and knowledge, morality, religious mythologies (Judeo-Christian and otherwise), evolution, the origins of the universe and life, et cetera, this book covers the gamut of anti-religious arguments.
Don’t Trust Me!
As odd as it may sound, don't take my word on anything. I have no formal education as a scientist. I am not a theologian. I'm simply someone who likes to read and loves to learn.
My goal is not that you will believe everything I say, but rather that I can provide a spark to make you seek the truth by verifying information with trusted sources. As Bertrand Russell said, sometimes it's a good idea to hang a question mark on the beliefs we've always taken for granted. If you want to know what the Bible says, read it. Don't trust what you have always assumed just because it is what your grandma taught you as you sat in her lap when you were little. If you want to understand evolution, seek out the authorities on that subject: evolutionary biologists, not pastors. Read the histories; Study the sciences. Celebrate reason. Think for yourself.