Well, it looks like this group of scribes won’t be greeted very warmly at the Pearl Doors.
GQ magazine, a bible of “care” advice, gadget suggestions and style advice, sparked a social media conflagration by labeling the Holy Christian Bible “crazy, repetitive, and contradictory” and placing it on a list of “21 books that you shouldn’t read.”
“The Holy Bible is greatly appreciated by all who are supposed to make a living from it but who in reality haven’t read it,” said novelist Jesse Ball. written in the magazine. “Those who have read it know that there are good parts, but overall it certainly isn’t the best thing man has ever produced.”
Instead, Ball recommends reading Agota Kristof Notebook calling it “a wonderful story of two brothers who have to get along when the going gets tough”.
Also on the GQ list are classics such as The Catcher in the Rye, Lonesome Dove, The Old Man and the Sea, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Lord of the Rings.
In an introduction to the article, the editors of GQ attempted to justify their choices. “We’ve been told all of our lives that we can only call ourselves well read once we’ve read the Great Books. We’ve tried,” the editors wrote. “We realized that not all of the Great Books have aged well. Some are racist and some are sexist, but most of them are really, really boring.”
Perhaps predictably, the provocative proclamation of the Bible provoked the instant wrath of Christians.
“Even if you don’t believe this is an inspired word from God, over the past 50 years 3.9 billion people have read the book,” said Father Jonathan Morris, religious contributor to Fox News. Fox and his friends on Sunday. Morris also called the inclusion “just stupid and shameful.”
And Evangelist Franklin Graham, in a Facebook post, said the Bible is “sharper than a double-edged sword.” There is nothing more powerful, and there is nothing more necessary for mankind than the Word of God.
Graham suggested that GQ editors should reread it. “The subject of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is Jesus Christ. And someday soon, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He’s Lord. “
On Twitter, a user called Bluestar called GQ “the most overrated magazine ever!” And said the choice was an “epic failure”.
Another poster, who identified himself as Eric Metaxas, also criticized the magazine. “If there is one person on the planet who cares about what @GQMagazine has to say about literature, I would love to meet that person,” said. “And pray for him.”
Meanwhile, Twitter user David D said “This GQ law is a total disgrace to the Christian community (sic).”
“I really don’t think I’ll buy more from GQ Mags,” he proclaimed.
And in perhaps the magazine’s cruelest jab, tweeter Brian Houston said the Bible “is way more hip than GQ.”
GQ did not immediately respond to a request for comment.