Saturday, January 27, 2007

Cory Doctorow, Twit

In the asinine online war of words between atheists and Christians to see who can be more pompous, Cory Doctorow was oh-so-subtle in his latest jab at religion, offhandedly referring to the New Testament as "that novel." Oh, that clever Cory. We get it, you think the Bible is fictional. What's assy about this is the way his casual tone of dismissal assumes that between him and his audience, the fictionality of the Bible is a given, since anyone smart enough and cool enough to read his blog, well, they'd have to be atheists, right?

Furthermore, his description of it as a "novel" is just inaccurate. Yes, the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and Revelation are narratives, but Cory is a novelist himself and ought to at least understand that not all prose is a novel. But the bulk of the New Testament is a collection of letters. A compendium of letters and several separate narratives does not make a novel.


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