Posted 05 April 2011 - 05:08 AM
AC Grayling is touting his latest book, entitled somewhat provocatively "The Good Book - A Humanist Bible". In short, he's drawn on a long tradition of secular writing over the few thousand years to produce an ethical tome free from religious influence. The Guardian comments:
A somewhat more critical review comes from Channel 4:
I do suspect time is not going to be as kind to AC Grayling's book as it has been to the Bible. (What odds on picking it up remaindered in a few months time for a fraction of its list price?) What strikes me however is the need to emulate the Bible in the first place. It's not so much the derivative nature of the enterprise that I find amusing, not the lack of humility required to even undertake such a project, but the implicit recognition of the human need for a sacred text.
It strikes me that if you set out to produce a parody, you couldn’t do much better than this. I half expected on checking the date to see that it has first aired on April 1st.
There is an astonishing lack of self-awareness in a man who not only thinks he can edit a Bible, but is so serious about it, he can’t even see when his enterprise is being mocked.
He’s also fairly uncomplimentary about the “goat-herders” who (in his view) wrote the Bible. I don’t know if any biblical author was a goatherd (the proper English word, I believe, yodel-ay-o), but at least one claims to have been a shepherd.
I hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
I will not look upon.
Take away from me the noise of your songs;
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an everflowing stream. ( class="lbsBibleRef" target="_blank" style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; text-decoration: underline; color: rgb(143, 11, 11); ">Amos 5:21-24)
Don’t give me all this religion, says the Lord according to the prophet Amos, give me justice.
For an ignorant shepherd of over 2,500 years ago, he seems to have a point of view that’s not a million miles away from some modern polemic.
Never mind, Professor Grayling, you’ve still got great hair.
Edited by Ken Gilmore, 05 April 2011 - 05:19 AM.
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” - Galileo Galilei