While I haven't read the book I find it very interesting. Many of the more extreme notions gotten from the bible are old testament, which is not exactly relevant to the living of life after the death of Jesus. Also translation from the original to the english language has left many things under debate. One word can change a lot.
Oh I totally meant to read this book! Need to order it.
I heard an interview with him shortly after it came out. He really did try to do it. I remember him saying something about when you encounter someone who's doing XYZ, you are supposed to stone them. He had to try and work out what he could do, so he always kept small stones and dust in his pocket so he could carefully toss it in the right direction when a stoning was required.