Explicit Genesis upsets Christians

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.

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34 Replies to “Explicit Genesis upsets Christians”

  1. For the record, there are lots of things that I think are wrong, silly, backward, etc..

    I don’t walk around shoving it in people’s faces.

    “Hey, you! McDonald’s? Really? What are you, stupid?”

    So, did you look at that tie before you bought it, or did the rest of your ties get destroyed in a fire and that was the only one in the store on your way to work?”

    Religious issues aside, this really just displays the guy’s bad manners and disrespect for anyone who doesn’t view the world as he does.

    Then, there are the religious aspects … The small-minded little man feels the need to turn other people’s religious beliefs into his own little peep show and slasher book.

    So, how close does this come to convincing you of total depravity? ; – )

    1. I think that the Danish cartoons, like these, are intentional assaults upon the faith of many. I think that those were done for a political purposes; these are meant to be salacious.

          1. Come on now – if you were Scottish you’d say Scottish. Scotch is a drink – an ALCOHOLIC one too … only a drunk Scot would call himself ‘Skootch’. But then I’m Irish … or the Maguire part is. The rest of me claims to be Maori. Or Kiwi. We’re all mixed and colourful blood down there. And just because of your cheek, I’ll nickname you ‘Frank’ 😉

  2. If you eat them you’re cannibals! You silly americans 😉 Anyway a Kiwi isn’t a fruit – it’s a brown flightless nocturnal bird. The fruit we exported was Kiwifruit (and you’re just being lazy dropping the ‘fruit’) which were originally known as Chinese gooseberries because the Chinese brought the seeds with them and they grew bigger in Aotearoa as things do.

      1. No, Australia belongs to America. Aotearoa is a figment of your imagination. We don’t exist. A myth beyond reach and out of bounds!!

  3. oh I know – Americans don’t believe in the rest of the world because the rest of the world is America – but not Aotearoa which doesn’t exist on all your most accurate maps anyway…;-)

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