Quote of the Day 11-11-15

Posted: November 10, 2015 in Christianity, Religion
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Max Norday“Historical investigations have revealed to us the origin and growth of the Bible. We know that by this name we designate a collection of writings as radically unlike in origin, character and contents, as if the Nibelungen Lied, Mirabeau’s speeches, Heine’s love poems and a manual of zoology had been printed and mixed promiscuously, and then bound into one volume.

“We find collected in this book the superstitious beliefs of the ancient inhabitants of Palestine, with indistinct echoes of Indian and Persian fables, mistaken imitations of Egyptian theories and customs, historical chronicles as dry as they are unreliable, and miscellaneous poems, amatory, human and Jewish-national, which are rarely distinguished by beauties of the highest order, but frequently by superfluity of expression, coarseness, bad taste, and genuine Oriental sensuality.

“As a literary monument the Bible is of much later origin than the Vedas; as a work of literary value it is surpassed by everything written in the last two thousand years by authors even of the second rank, and to compare it seriously with the productions of Homer, Sophocles, Dante, Shakespeare or Goethe would require a fanaticized mind that had entirely lost its power of judgment. Its conception of the universe is childish, and its morality revolting.”

–Max Nordau, Conventional Lies of Our Civilization

  1. kaptonok says:

    I cannot agree The Bible has enormous literary value and much of western civilisation has been grounded on it.
    You are confusing the horrors described in the bible with its value.
    Hamlet has enormous literary value but it is full of horror. This applies to much of English literature.
    Whether The Bible should be used as a guide to life is another question.


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