David Plotz, editor do Slate.com, iniciou um blogue sobre a bíblia. Judeu “moderado”, Plotz conhecia da bíblia apenas os episódios principais e mais famosos. Vai daí, decidiu reler integralmente o “livro dos livros” e publicar em blogue as suas impressõees sobre o mesmo. Eis dois extractos, referentes ao Génesis, que são bem exemplificativos:
“You’d think God would know exactly what He’s doing, but He doesn’t. He’s a tinkerer. He tries something out”what if I move all the water around so dry land can appear? He checks it out. He sees “that it was good.” Then He moves on to the next experiment”how about plants? Let’s try plants.
This haphazardness may be why Creation seems so out of order. If God made light on the first day, what was giving the light, since the sun doesn’t appear until the fourth day? And God tackles the major geological and astronomical features during the first two days”light, sky, water, earth. But Day 3 is a curious interruption”plant creation”that is followed by a return to massive universe-shaping projects on Day 4 with the sun, moon, and stars. The plant venture is a tangent”like putting a refrigerator into a house before you’ve put the roof on. “
“Genesis describes straight rape, attempted gay rape, father-daughter incest, coitus interruptus with dead brother’s wife, sex with wife, sex with wrong wife, sex with concubine, sex with dad’s concubine, sex with prostitute who is also daughter-in-law. In any situation in which sex is available, men seize it. What’s remarkable about Joseph? He’s the first person to resist sexual temptation.“
Este seria sem dúvida um exercício bastante saudável para muitos judeus, cristãos, muçulmanos, hindus, etc. Para recolocar a religião no seu devido lugar: ou seja, sujeita ao escrutínio da razão humana. Já é tempo!