22 November 2009

The Book of Genesis

By Robert Crumb, now available at amazon.

While creationists/intelligent-designers/religious-morons are usurping the science classic, Darwin's Origin of Species, by publishing it together with an introduction by a parasite, called Ray Comfort, and distributing it for free to US university students, here is another classic, a religious classic this time, presented from the marvelous point of view of Robert Crumb, the underground comics dude, the one whose illustrated stories are full of lewd, perverted but very much loved and admired content by many. A much better text, to be sure.

I suggest that people buy Crumb's Genesis and hand it to creationists as a response to Comfort's book. And watch their reaction.

Crumb's Genesis has been promoted as racy, and the front cover warns "adult supervision recommended for minors". Book of Genesis 'teases imagination', says the BBC.

Well, this is not a surprise. The original Genesis, as well as the whole Bible, should come with adult warnings. It is full of hideous acts that, if read by minors, and not only, might cause major disturbances to society. But what am I saying? Sorry. The Bible HAS caused major disturbances for several millennia.


  1. Nice idea for a counter-handout! Come to think of it maybe the best thing to hand out to the general public (who may be on the fence) is the actual Bible itself! Or at least a single book like the book of Joshua. No introduction needed.

    I actually had a thought based on the recent atheist bus campaigns that have been turned down in many countries -- what about a bilboard with a "nice" Bible quote? This will put any fundies who might like to opose the sentiment in a slight PR pickle...

  2. Great idea. How about an electronic bill board with some nice Bible quotes? You are the expert in the matter! The quotes should be directly from the Bible, without jokes or cartoons (no lego Bibles or anything like that). Very serious Bible quotes. And then let's watch the reactions.



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