Published On: Sat, Apr 28th, 2018

GQ Magazine writer attacks the Bible as ‘foolish’ and believers ‘who supposedly live by it’

GQ magazine is making and headlines and taking lumps for including the Bible on their list “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read,” calling scripture ” repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.”

Pulling in the worst of a politically correct, social justice obsessed culture, they compiled a list in which “Some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring.”

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On the Bible: “The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it. Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced. It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned. If the thing you heard was good about the Bible was the nasty bits, then I propose Agota Kristof’s The Notebook, a marvelous tale of two brothers who have to get along when things get rough. The subtlety and cruelty of this story is like that famous sword stroke (from below the boat) that plunged upward through the bowels, the lungs, and the throat and into the brain of the rower.”

Fox News’ Roy Peterson countered, stating: “Those of us who are engaged with the Bible can see what a privilege it is to have access to this incredible book. Not only does it provide a glimpse into history, but it is full of wisdom, guidance and stories that lead readers to richer and more meaningful lives.”

Later he stated: “The writers at GQ have guided men’s fashion for the last 87 years, but the Bible has been guiding lives for more than 2,000 years…What GQ has completely missed is that when it comes to matters of faith, conscience and wisdom, the Bible will never go out of style.”

Some others taking hits:

Goodbye to All That is racist: “all these silly natives have similar-sounding names, and they lack the basic intellectual capacity to grapple with the literature.”

The Old Man and the Sea is not environmentalist enough for one writer, recommending The Summer Book which “views of both Nature and human nature, it teaches us what it is to be in sync with the world.”

No surprise that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn makes the list: “Mark Twain was a racist. Just read Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was a man of his time, so let’s leave him there. We don’t need him.”

Then there’s “I actually love Lonesome Dove, but I’m convinced that the cowboy mythos, with its rigid masculine emotional landscape, glorification of guns and destruction, and misogynistic gender roles, is a major factor in the degradation of America.”

GQ knocks LOTR: “…while Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books are influential as exercises in world building, as novels they are barely readable.”



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