An Unbeliever's Guide to the Bible: Including the Apocrypha

An Unbeliever's Guide to the Bible: Including the Apocrypha


An Unbeliever's Guide to the Bible: Including the Apocrypha

With this book Leslie Scrase thoughtfully explains to readers exactly how the writing of the Bible was compiled over the two thousand years that it came into existence, he expands on what it means to the various different religions and, perhaps most importantly to the unbeliever, he uncovers those parts which are beautifully written and meaningful to humanity in general.

The author himself grew up in a Methodist family, attended a Methodist theological college, which was part of the London University, and then served as a minister for about 20 years. He had a few years as a presbyter of the Church of South India and was also Principal of the Medak Bible School whilst there. At this time he would read the Old Testament once every three years and the New Testament every year, giving him a deep knowledge of the text. He has also included within this guide the Apocrypha, the part of the Bible less read by Protestant Christians, because it contains passages of great thoughtfulness and beauty.

Over a period of time Leslie Scrase's views began to move away from Christianity, and the final realisation that he no longer had any religious beliefs lifted a great weight from his shoulders. Now he is able to take a dispassionate look at the Bible, consider it in context with both history and the many various religions which take inspiration from it, explain to unbelievers what it means to believers, and also extract those parts which have appeal and value to all mankind today without the need for religious ideology.

ISBN: 9781852001469 

Size: 217x140mm 

Binding: hardback 

Length: 275pp

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About the author:

Leslie Scrase

The author was born in Addiscombe, East Croydon. He was evacuated in 1939 and again in 1940, which led to his attendance at Selhurst Grammar School followed by Shebbear College in North Devon. 

Following National Service in the Royal Navy he went to Richmond College, London University. Trained as a Methodist Minister, he worked in many places around Britain and also in South India, where he was Principal of an adult training college. 

When his views on theology changed, Leslie Scrase left his Ministry and created his own business in Surrey: Alpha Cars, a chauffeur driven service mostly for businessmen and the stars. In 1996 he left this business to concentrate on his work as a Humanist Celebrant, lecturer and author. 

His published books include a number of thought-provoking commentaries dealing with Humanism and theology, fiction for both adults and children, poetry and three autobiographical fiction accounts:

Twice married, he and Wendy share over twenty grandchildren. In their spare time they are to be found at their home in Dorset.