The author of this book, Brian Baker, was a ‘born again’ fundamentalist Christian for seventeen years. For ten of those years he was the founding pastor of one of Australia’s largest churches (1979-89). Following the failure of his marriage, he resigned from the ministry and then spent the following few years seriously examining his faith and the veracity of the Bible. Finally he came to the conclusion that his Christian beliefs were seriously flawed and that the Bible is entirely the result of human invention, imaginations and myths passed down from generation to generation. As the Bible is then based on ‘hearsay’ and written by at least 40 different authors over a period of up to 1,600 years, none of whom were eyewitnesses to the events they recorded, it cannot substantiate the claim that it was ‘inspired by God.’ The result of Brian’s search for evidence caused a personal transformation from believer to realist, rationalist, skeptic and atheist.
He published his first book – From Faith to Reason – in 2009 which contains the reasons why he no longer believes in the existence of God, angels, demons, the devil, heaven, hell or an afterlife. In this book – Nonsense from the Bible – Brian uses the Bible texts to demonstrate their inaccuracies, inconsistencies, contradictions and fantasies. He deals with major issues which are widely believed and accepted as factual events such as the Creation story, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and the prophecies concerning Jesus. Chapters are also devoted to the question of the second coming of Jesus and Christian Family values. Brian also totally invalidates the so-called ‘power of prayer’ and the claims that God heals the sick. This would be a ‘hard read’ for many Christians who totally believe that the Bible is literally ‘The Word of God’ and accept it as absolute truth.
Brian also believed that for all those years but over a period of time and investigation by seeking evidence other than the Bible he was able to accept that he had been deceived and deluded – or as he now says, ‘Once I was blind – but now I see!’ This is an ‘easy’ read for those who may question their own faith as it provides some convincing information concerning the validity of the Bible.