GQ Magazine, known for men’s fashion, put the Bible on its list of classic books not worth reading.
GQ actually makes some solid points, explaining how the Bible is contradictory and repetitive and not a marvel of literature, but some Christians are furious nonetheless. The article also recommends books you should read instead of the overrated works, and in the case of the Bible it says it should be replaced by The Notebook.
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.
As someone who majored in English and Religious Studies, and who took several classes in which we analyzed the Bible from a literary perspective, I can tell you I agree with this assessment. The Bible has certainly made a huge impact on humanity, but it isn’t a better written work than many less popular novels.
GQ explained its choice by saying that some great books simply haven’t aged well and that they might have “racist” or “sexist” themes, which is certainly true of the Bible. Unfortunately, some Christians took the book recommendation personally.
Perhaps predictably, the provocative proclamation about the Bible brought instant ire from Christians.
“Even if you don’t believe this is an inspired word of God, in the last 50 years 3.9 billion have read the book,” Fox News religion contributor Father Jonathan Morris told Fox & Friends on Sunday. Morris also labeled the inclusion as “just foolish and a shame.”
And evangelist Franklin Graham, in a post on Facebook, said that the Bible is “sharper than a double-edged sword. There’s nothing more powerful, and there’s nothing more needed by mankind than the Word of God.”
Graham suggested that the GQ editors need to read it again. “The subject of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is Jesus Christ. And one day soon, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.”
As for Graham, all he has done is repeat the same tired nonsense we keep hearing about the Bible and how it leads people to the savior of mankind. He and others are in denial, but that doesn’t make the book good. In fact, it just makes it seem like he is compensating for something.
I have read the Bible several times and, if you haven’t already, I actually recommend doing so. That way you can see for yourself that it is, indeed, contradictory, redundant, and self-serving. That’s something these prominent Christians don’t seem to be arguing against as they talk about how many people have read it and about how “every knee will bow.”