How to use the SAB
The Skeptic's Annotated Bible is intended to be a self defense manual
against biblical fundamentalism. It identifies the passages that are
inconsistent with the concept of biblical inerrancy, or that could not
have been inspired by a benevolent god. Such passages are highlighted in the text and marked
with the symbols shown below.
Since the Bible, particularly the King James Version, is often
difficult to understand, notes have been added to clarify the meaning of
the highlighted passages.
But isn't there some good stuff in the bible? Well yes there is,
although surprisingly little for such a big book. Indeed, if the bad,
boring, and useless passages were removed from the bible and only the good
retained, the bible would be nothing more than a small pamphlet.
But bible-believers are unwilling to edit the bible. So the good
verses, when not invalidated by their immediate context, are contradicted
elsewhere in the bible. There is not a single good idea in the entire bible
that is taught consistently. Consequently, the bible is worse than useless
as a moral, philosophical, political, or scientific guide.
Still, I think it is important to point out the good stuff in the
bible, and so I have highlighted the good verses and provided a
"thumbs up" icon to mark them in the text.