The Bible is the "greatest book ever written," according to Dennis Prager, a nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host and writer who argues that the Judeo-Christian ethic, a key foundation of Western civilization, has come to an end.
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"This is the first generation in human history ... that is being raised godless," Prager, who was raised in a modern Orthodox Jewish family, on Monday told FOX Business' Stuart Varney on "Varney & Co." "And the results I believe are the end of Western civilization as we know it."
His new book, "The Rational Bible: Exodus", delves into the book of Exodus, the second of five books in the Torah, which tells how the Israelites left slavery in Egypt, and which he uses as a basis for his argument.
"People go to church or synagogue, they hear the Bible and most of them don't know how to make heads or tails of it," Prager said. "[Exodus] has the Ten Commandments and I am using reason alone to explain everything in there ... [to] show how this is life transforming -- that this was the source of wisdom in American for good reason," he said.
Although conventional wisdom says the Bible is comprised of stories written through oral tradition, Prager finds reason to believe God was behind the faithful transmission of that oral tradition.
"The great way in which non-Jews are depicted in these five books and the negative way Jews are often, not always obviously... that is one of my many arguments for ultimately a divine author," he said.
This is the first of five volumes for each book of the Bible, Prager added.