What Do You Do with a Chocolate Jesus? is the funny and skeptical, yet genuine, exploration of the Christian history they don't teach in Sunday school. It finds humor, irony, and occasional insight amid the inconsistencies, absurdities, hypocrisies, and flat-out weirdness that too often passes for eternal truth. Like a history of religion as done by The Daily Show, it humorously explores the facts, the history, and the big ideas in an engaging and entertaining story.
Pitting actual Scripture against pious propaganda, Thomas Quinn treks through chapter and verse of the New Testament, explores the sordid saga of medieval beliefs (including end-of-the-world panics and fights about what kind of stuff Jesus was made of), and reveals some of the shocking attitudes of America's founders toward religion. It isn't always pretty, but it's usually good for a laugh. If war is too important to leave to the generals, religion is too important to leave to the preachers. Skeptics need evangelists, too.
Thomas Quinn is a writer for print and television, as well as a documentary producer and director. He received an MFA in writing from The American Film Institute, worked as a story analyst for Universal, DreamWorks, and HBO, and was an entertainment reporter for a weekly Los Angeles magazine. Quinn has traveled the world producing for the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, National Geographic, Science, BBC, and others. His programs investigate strange cultures, bizarre beliefs, and deconstruct everything from famous urban legends to supernatural events to conspiracy theories. He also presents humorous lectures on these same subjects. In 2005, Quinn received two Emmy Award nominations as a writer and producer for the History Channel documentary, Beyond the Da Vinci Code. Originally from New Jersey, he now lives in Los Angeles.
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Thomas Quinn is brilliant, witty, scholarly, and clever. A must read for skeptics and atheists.
"Great listen for those who want to find the truth"
If you are a person who questions many things we are told by our religious leaders and churches, this book will fascinate you.. It's a historical look at how Christianity came to be, a look at Jesus, how he became God, and offers proof of the evidence over and over again.. Die hard Christians will not enjoy this book, because to believe it will mean the basis of their faith does not exist.. However, if you are a seeker, and want to find the truth in life, not just follow the leader, then you will very much enjoy this book.. Not only is it full of information, but it's done with great humor that will make you laugh out loud...
"Preaching to the de-converted"
This is an amusing look at the inconsistencies and absurdities of the Christian religion and its dogmas.
Unfortunately, the people who really need to listen to this kind of book won't touch it with a 10 foot pole.
It would make a good reference for someone wanting some arguments to bring to battle with a religious friend.
"Wow the Bible makes even less sense than I thought"
This is a well thought out and presented book on just how little sense the Christian religion really makes. It manages to take on serious material without taking its self to seriously, or going to overly in depth into any one subject. It touches quite brilliantly on not only how often the Bible contradicts itself but also how often Christians contradict there own religious reliefs. He sites specific passages from the Bible, along with historical, and archeological evidence to show just how deep these contradictions go. He also touches on other aspects as well, like how the stories in the new testament are so similar to many religious stories before it, and how historically inaccurate many of the stories really are.
I've read quite a few books on the dissection of Christian beliefs. You might not get this impression from the title but this is definitely the best! Lot's of great "chapter and verse" but it stays engaging and funny throughout. The same cannot be said of most. Kudos to Mr Quinn for a great book and a surprisingly excellent reading.
"Irreverent to the Proper Degree"
Magic-free Bible reading
If this offends you, quit criticizing your rival faith's beliefs and books.
well done, great book for the beginning atheist. Excellent observations good arguments and well researched.
Thomas brings humor, research and substantial clarity to a very complex issue. extremely engaging and timely
"Slightly corny, great summary of Christian history"
There are some lame puns and cheap shots at the faithful, but overall it was an incredibly entertaining and thoughtful overview of Christian history from the Abraham to Revelation. This is a great start if you want to know more about the origins of the faith and the church.
"An interesting, well-narrated listen."
I really enjoyed Thomas Quinn's writing style and sense of humor. This book is fun and easy to listen to.
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