Bible for atheists – like lager without the alcohol?

Loving this from Channel 4

“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and avoid, and darkness was on the face of the deep.”

With those words begins the best-selling book in history, the Holy Bible. Sacred to millions – a basis for faith.

But what if God were removed from it altogether? The Good Book is one philosopher’s attempt to write a secular bible – laid out in the same way but drawing on thousands of years of non-religious writing from the likes of Homer, Aristotle, Baudelaire, and Darwin.

Even someone as well-connected as George Pitcher, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s secretary for public affairs, speaking in a personal capacity, said: “We welcome it. God, as I understand God, is big enough to take insults, ridicule, being ignored – anything of that nature. So we must push the limits of our faith.”

But he continued: “Taking God out of the Bible? It’s rather like alcohol-free lager. You ask yourself: what’s the point?”

Bit of a shame that AC Grayling misses the point a little.

Read the full article here.

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1 Comment

  1. Being Asian, to me, this would be rather like having a curry made up of chutney and fruits. What’s the point if there’s no curry powders involved? Golly! this analogy really does drive home the point to me of having a Bible without references to God.

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