Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Is This the First “Honest” Bible?
As Penn Jillette said right here on BigThink.com, “Reading the Bible (or the Koran, or the Torah) will make you an atheist.” Of course, just reading the Bible itself—all 66 canonical books (more in some versions)—is something few even attempt. Growing up Catholic, I went with the flow and took it mainly on faith, accepting the portions of revelation portioned out at mass or in
For those who do take on the challenge of reading the Bible straight
through, however, the result can be confusingly mystifying or, as
Jillette argues, troublingly demystifying. Written by Mark Russell with illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You cuts to the heart of the matter, and sometimes down to the funny bone,
to translate the Bible into terms that allow a modern reader to
understand the wild, weird, and wonderful “essence” of the Good Book.
“It is not my intention to mock the Bible with this book,” Russell
writes in his introduction, “nor to endorse it, but merely to present it
on its own terms in a way that is accessible and which relays the same
sense of fascination I had when I truly discovered the Bible.” Russell
and Wheeler create—you decide. In a world full of religious dialogue, is
it possible that two comics have finally come up with the first
“honest” Bible? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Is This the First “Honest” Bible?"