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5: Contoversial Books

        So, there's millions of books out there, and billions of stories and legends. Some of the books are made to please the public, but then there are some books that cause a lot of controversy. Why? Because some of the subjects are considered taboo, the stories are too graphic, etc. Let's see some of them.

5: The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail

        This book was written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln and is where Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code got the ideas for his book. It caused a lot of controversy because of some of its statements about religion.

        It stated that the historical Jesus Christ was not divine, and actually married Mary Magdalene and had children with her. Their children then supposedly migrated to France and became the Merovingian Dynasty. This, of course, upset a few Christians. Of course, the authors relied on pure factoids, not solid fact. It also states that the Roman Catholic Church corrupted the truth of Jeudo-Christian history, which, again, upset a few Christians and Jews.

4: The Book Of Mormon

        There is a verse in the Bible that says: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Joseph Smith believed that God only referred to the Book of Revelation, so he thought he was in the clear. It this is accepted, the Book of Mormon is an acceptable addition to the Bible.

        Smith had a desire to marry various women, and, since U.S. law did not allow him, he invented a new religion in order to marry more than one woman. Mormons have these bizzare beliefs, and when I say bizzare, I mean bizzare. For example, they believe God has sex with angels, or that when a Mormon dies, he becomes God in another universe. Yeah, Mormons are weird.

3: The God Delusion

        I actually own a copy of this book, and it has caused heated arguments in the house and outside. Atheists hold it as their champion, theists despise it, and there's no middle ground. Richard Dawkins wanted a book that would make even the most religious believers doubt their religion. He attacks religion as a delusion, saying there isn't a God, never has been, never will. He discusses the nature of morality and if a god is needed for it to work. A bunch of books have been written promoting and praising the book, and a lot more others condemning it.

2: The Quran

        The holy book of the Muslims, they believe the Quran is the divine speech of God, told by the archangel Gabriel to Muhammad. It's supposed to be the proof that Muhammad is the ultimate prophet. Many Christians (and people from other religions) believe that the book teaches the Muslims to strap on a bomb and kill as many as they can, so they can have 72 virgins in heaven. In reality, the word translated can mean many things, and the most possible answer is that those who commit jihad will be ministered by 72 angels in heaven. The Muslims believe in this like Christians believe that they will have wings and walk on clouds when they die. Still, the Quran is a peaceful book, and it doesn't teach its believers to die to go to heaven.

1: The Holy Bible

        There's not a book that has been published, interpreted, misinterpreted, translated and read more than the Bible. It's where the most furious debates are made, even between members of the same religion. It's the go-to book for Christians, atheists, Muslims, Jews, you name it, to prove someone wrong, you're going to use the book.

        Atheists hate the book because it represents God as ruthless, cruel, and barbaric in the Old Testament, then righteous and magical in the New Testament. It is the center of authority on gay rights issues, gay marriage, abortion, and even democracy.

        Before the bible, philosophers as Socrates and Plato, or even the Buddha were quoted. After the Bible, the atheistic philosophers quote it frequently to prove or disprove a point. Some could even say many wars were made because of the book.

        So, if you noticed, there's a sort of pattern here. All of the controversial books have to do with religion. Some say that all war is because of religion, some say it's necessary, some say it's not. What do you think?