The full title of this work is as follows:
Is It God's Word? An Exposition of the Fables and Mythology of the Bible and the Fallacies of Theology.
Quoted from the author's "Preface."
"Thus I take up the challenge of the Christ, to "search the Scriptures," haply thus to demonstrate to the seeker after truth "whether these things were so," as in this Bible related for belief, under the threat "he that doubteth is damned : . . . suffering the vengeance
of eternal fire" (Rom . xiv, 23 ; Jude 7).
No man, priest, parson, or zealot for his inherited faith, can say with truth that this book "attacks the Bible," or seeks to defame the Bible God or to ridicule the Christian Religion. If such results follow, the Bible itself is to blame, if this book of mine speaks truly. This Book is based wholly on the Bible; its all but every reference and citation is to the texts of the Bible, faithfully quoted in exact words of inspiration. The Hebreo-Christian God is depicted in the
plain words of revelation for his every word and deed attributed to him by the inspired writers. This book is simply the Bible taken as a whole, and thus viewed in a light not shed upon it by pulpit expoundings of golden texts or private casual readings of isolated choice fragments.
If the Bible and its derived dogmas suffer from this simple process of "searching the criptures whether these things were so," the fault, dear reader, is not in the candid writer of this book, but in The Book, which utters the things which are simply and truly quoted and compared, in simple juxtaposition of contradictory texts, and not in the usual isolated and scattered passages as is the custom of sermons and pious tracts. Here is my book; there lies the open
Bible: any man who will read, and is curious or interested for the truth, may judge wherein is the truth.
The earnest hope is cherished, for this book, that the simple and sincere search here made of the Scriptures for truth's sake, will serve to make only religious intolerance vain and ridiculous, and to shame contending Christians from an unfounded faith in the untrue,
and encourage them and all men into the brotherhood of the only possible true and pure religion — to
"Do good for good is good to do;
Spurn bribe of heaven and threat of hell."