If You Insist on Reading Along…
by Noah Lugoens
As of this afternoon, I’m the proud owner of an autographed, first edition copy of The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible. Huge thanks to author Steve Wells and the folks over at Atheists On Air for making it happen. This is a beautifully bound book, but it’s also the most useful resource I could imagine while we’re constructing our tri-weekly Holy Babble segments. The book presents the biblical text, but Steve Wells has painstakingly and exhaustively cataloged all the contradictions, sexism, violence and laugh out loud lunacy so even when you start reading in that begat-induced catatonic state, you won’t miss any of the horror or hypocrisy.
Of course, when I got it, I flipped straight to 1 Chronicles, as this is the book of the bible I’ve read most recently. Sure enough, after only a glance, I was wishing I’d had this work available when we were doing our last “Holy Babble” segment. At the very least I’d have liked to know that in Wells’ estimation it was the most boring book of the bible (and, in his words, “maybe the most boring book in all of literature”), so I’d know that it wasn’t going to bottom out any deeper.
We’ve said a number of times that on the Holy Babble , we’re reading the bible so you don’t have to. Despite that intention and our constant caveats about how mind-numbingly boring it is, I know that many of our listeners are reading along. I don’t necessarily endorse it, but I know that it’s happening.
So if you can’t resist the temptation of multiple chapters of genealogies and psychotic divine vengeance, I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of Wells’ book. I provided an Amazon link once already, but here it is again in case you missed it. It’s definitely going to be the easiest way to get all you want to get out of the experience, but let’s face it, if you’re spending money buying a bible there’s a good chance you’re paying to support something that you fundamentally oppose. This gives you an opportunity to put that money in the hands of somebody who definitely won’t use it to accidentally fund child-rape-conspiracy settlements.