jakesylvester1 | October 19, 2009 at 03:57 pmby
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Few have heard of Nobel Prize winning author for Literature, Jose Saramago, (86). But he’s in the literary and theological news today with comments he made concerning the Bible.
Instead, the author’s comments on the Bible, Christianity’s Holy Scripture, have greedily taken the limelight. The News agency Lusa quotes:
The Bible is a manual of bad morals (which) has a powerful influence on our culture and even our way of life. Without the Bible, we would be different, and probably better people.
Saramago is one more voice in a long history of critics and cynics. The Bible has withstood these firestorms numerous times before.
According to the Associated Press, the author also criticized God as,
a cruel, jealous and unbearable God (who) exists only in our heads.
Naturally, the Roman Catholic Church was the first to respond to these invectives. Even the Jewish community of Lisbon was so upset with Saramago, that its chief rabbi also issued a statement against the author and his comments. In his interview, Saramago was prepared for a backlash, saying that it really wouldn’t upset Catholics too much as they do not follow the Bible strictly. Of the Jews, who uphold the Old Testament as their Holy Scripture, he stated,
it might offend Jews, but that really doesn’t matter to me.
Many other people responded that his incendiary comments were intended to be a publicity stunt to promote his newest novel. All we know at this time is that Saramago is “raising Cain.”