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The Thinking Human’s Guide to Religion

Steve Paull

A Modern Interpretation of an Ancient Text

Religion: fact, or fiction? The chronicle of Creation, or the ramblings of a madman? If you’ve ever wondered what it’s all about but can’t bring yourself to actually read a bible, then this book is for you!

With irreverent interpretations reflecting the modern, enlightened age we live in, this is the go-to book for when your sleep is rudely interrupted on Sunday mornings and you want some payback, but can never think of anything to question them with. Problem Solved!

(You’re welcome..!)




About the Author

Steve was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia before being press-ganged into the government railways at the age of 21.

For the last 25 years, he has been riding around regional Western Australia in very large, heavy metal boxes on wheels, and contemplating the nature of the universe.

Much of his spare time is eclectically divided between DIY projects, renovations, landscaping, various musical pursuits (piano, flute, saxophone, recorder, harmonica and guitar, all of them badly), armchair philosophy, and trying to get his damned frangipani to flower.

This is his first book.


Book Reviews

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite (5 Stars)


The Thinking Human's Guide to Religion by Steve Paull scrutinises each chapter of Genesis in depth and questions whether the Bible is the work of the creator or man made fiction. Was God a cruel dictator who enjoyed setting impossible vicious tasks for mankind? The book will examine what role religion plays in today's society. Is it just a billion-dollar money making machine that preys on fear or a source for good and comfort in the world? The details conflict throughout and the facts cannot be substantiated. Through detailed research in this book, you will get a clear understanding of where the sources of polygamy, slavery and other extreme religious beliefs originated. This book will make you think about the real truth behind the scriptures and why it is important to question rather than just accept everything at face value. 

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Reviewed by Anna Butler for Copybreak Copyrighting Services

So I've now had a chance to read "The Thinking Human's Guide to Religion"... which means one thing. BOOK REVIEW!!

Let's just say, this book is bound to ruffle a few feathers and definitely won't be to everyone's taste. It's sassy and takes great delight in poking holes in the plot of Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament.

I did find myself wishing I had a copy of the OT on hand to check some of the referenced claims that seemed rather OTT (which, of course, I did). As expected, the pithy recounting of events were as described... albeit with far more colourful language (the retelling of God's Covenant of Circumcision with Abram/Abraham was by far my favourite bit of the entire book).

But in dispensing with the tediously laborious language of the Bible, it follows the story from Creation, through to the Great Flood and then the story of Noah's descendants, creating an easy-to-follow, rather engaging narrative.

I personally found it thoroughly entertaining, but I daresay there will be plenty who find it offensive.

As one disgruntled Christian opined "The whole point of faith! It is not for the ‘thinking man’ as it concerns itself with the soul."

And I guess that is the whole point of this book.

When we abandon critical thinking and rely on centuries-old myths and "faith" we don't always make the most well-informed or sensible choices. Especially when those myths are so open to individual interpretation (The Handmaid's Tale, anyone?!!).

For me, it's 5 stars. Not only did I learn new things. I was entertained in the process.





The Thinking Human’s Guide to Religion: A Modern Interpretation of an Ancient Text by Steve Paull
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ISBN: 978-1-925681-42-0
Format: Paperback 203mm x 133mm
Extent: 268 pages
RRP: $24.95
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Humour -- Literary Criticism
Distribution: Contact Vivid


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