In its article “21 Books You Don’t Have To Read” the editors of GQ magazine listed The Bible at No. 12, describing it as “repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.”
The GQ editors preach that “The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it. Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced.”
By ignoring the astonishing publishing success of the Bible, the GQ writers (whose management has been forced to lay staff off and have been accused of sexism and objectifying women) expose their inability to appreciate the literary, historical and philosophical contributions of the most popular book in the world.
As an alternative to The Good Book, the editors of GQ suggested reading “The Notebook” by Hungarian writer Agota Kristof about two brothers living in Europe during World War II.
“If the thing you heard was good about the Bible was the nasty bits, then I propose Agota Kristof’s The Notebook, a marvelous tale of two brothers who have to get along when things get rough. The subtlety and cruelty of this story is like that famous sword stroke (from below the boat) that plunged upward through the bowels, the lungs, and the throat and into the brain of the rower.”
By ignoring the peaceful, compassionate messages of Christianity, the GQ editors expose their secular myopia that has triggered a sharp backlash online. By recommending an obscure tome as an alternative to the Bible, the Manhattan-based GQ editors reveal their ignorance and anti-Christian bias against a global faith whose culture overcame the violent state-mandated atheistic regime of Soviet Russia, pagan Naziism and Japanese imperialism.