Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 4, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 296 pages
Now in paperback -- the book that caused a religious and critically acclaimed stir. Publishers Weekly called it "the most original and insightful spiritual writing to come out of America since Jack Kerouac first hit the road." The Buffalo News hailed it as "one of the most eccentric and fascinating books of the year." O, The Oprah Magazine said "This collection proves that fear and trembling are human, but a sense of humor is divine."
Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet have created a work of calling that is as odd, moving, and inspiring as the people and the scriptures they encountered. Whether it is Manseau and Sharlet telling their "psalms" from outposts as unexpected as a strip club or a cattle-auction barn, Peter Trachtenberg unraveling the Gordian logic of Job via the Borscht Belt, Rick Moody finding a modern-day Jonah in Queens, or Haven Kimmel shocking and thrilling us with her Revelation, what emerges is not an attack on religion, but a quizzical, fascinating look at it from the inside. Killing the Buddha is a positively riveting look at the facets of true belief.
 

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User Review  - Seven.Stories.Press - LibraryThing

This was an interesting book, if for no other reason than it inspired me (a fundamentally non-religious person) to learn more about the Bible so I could actually understand the stories a bit better ... Read full review

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

Overall, this book was like the curate's egg: good in parts. The parts that the two authors wrote themselves were consistently interesting, as they traveled around the country meeting people in ... Read full review

Contents

MORTAL EAT THIS SCROLL
1
New York New York
23
EXODUS
31
Poolesville Maryland
39
LEVITICUS
47
Henderson North Carolina
59
RUTH
69
Myrtle Beach South Carolina
79
Nashville Tennessee
143
Mount Vernon Texas
165
Crestone Colorado
185
A California
203
Unincorporated Territory Oklahoma
231
Heartland Kansas
257
Geneva Illinois
279
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
287

Broward County Florida
107
An Orange Grove Somewhere in Florida
133
A GUIDE TO SCRIPTURE IN KILLING THE BUDDHA
295
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Peter Manseau is the author of Vows and coauthor of Killing the Buddha. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. A founding editor of the award-winning webzine KillingTheBuddha.com, he is now the editor of Search, The Magazine of Science, Religion, and Culture. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, D.C., where he studies religion and teaches writing at Georgetown University.

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