(Book Review) The Story of God: A Biblical Comedy of Love (and Hate) by Chris Matheson

Aug 16, 2016

By David Nilsen

To say Chris Matheson’s The Story of God is irreverent would be misleading: irreverent does not begin to cover it. Matheson sets out to be just about as offensive with this treatment of the god of the Bible as is humanly or divinely possible. Whether or not this book proves to be your cup of tea, you have to admire his commitment, not to mention his lack of regard for errant lightning bolts once word of his little book reaches the Almighty.

 

 


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2 comments on “(Book Review) The Story of God: A Biblical Comedy of Love (and Hate) by Chris Matheson

  • @OP – A Biblical Comedy of Love (and Hate)

    The linked excerpts do seem to be tongue in cheek as satirical comedy, but reflecting on the silliness and contradictions of the bible.

    @OP – The Story of God is irreverent would be misleading: irreverent does not begin to cover it. Matheson sets out to be just about as offensive with this treatment of the god of the Bible as is humanly or divinely possible.

    The reviewer is clearly a theist who does not share the author’s sense of humour, and has decided to be offended – and therefore disparage the book!

    @OP link – The Story of God starts with its protagonist sitting alone in an expanse of nothingness, just as we find him at the beginning of Genesis, and proceeds to march through the whole long story of the Bible, covering God’s relationship with humans, Satan, and his own angels with ribald humor and sacrilegious glee.

    It is clearly based on bible mythology and not history, or it would have started with El., YAHWEH, and Jehova, along with Canaanite polytheism, rather than Genesis!



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