A SEXUALLY explicit illustrated Book of Genesis by the controversial artist, Robert Crumb, which features biblical characters having intercourse and ”gratuitous” depictions of violence, has been condemned by religious groups. The book, released this month, carries the warning ”adult supervision recommended for minors”, and is described as ”scandalous satire” by its publishers.
Crumb has said he does not believe the Bible is the word of God. ”I take it all for myth from start to finish, with probably some faint relation to historical reality,” he said. ”They’re great stories. But for people to take texts as something sacred, handed down from God … that’s pretty backward.”
The Book of Genesis illustrated by R. Crumb has been criticised by religious groups such as the Christian Institute in Britain. ”It is turning the Bible into titillation,” said Mike Judge, of institute, a religious think tank. ”It seems wholly inappropriate for what is essentially God’s rescue plan for mankind. ”If you are going to publish your own version of the Bible it must be done with a great deal of sensitivity. The Bible is a very important text to many people.”
Other religious figures have been more supportive ”I didn’t think it was satire,” said the Bishop of Croydon, the Right Reverend Nick Baines. ”He set out to say, ‘this is important, fundamental myth’ and it seems to me he’s done a good job.”
No surprise that I can’t find this in the catalogue at Koorong, my local Christian bookshop.