Saturday, March 22, 2014



Last year the History Channel’s series ‘The Bible’ set cable TV records.   As should have been expected, this year will be the year of religious fervor at the box office.    Movies to be released include Son of God, Noah, Heaven is for Real, Exodus and Mary, Mother of Christ.   These exaggerated fictional renderings of the old Bible stories are going to result in a dramatic ‘Back to Jesus’ movement among the fundamentalist that will culminate in renewed religious mania against anything liberal. 

In all cases these movies will rewrite biblical history and attempt to make these stories emotionally believable for modern time.

I am constantly seeing the advertisement of Noah on cable TV.   The movie features Russell Crowe as Noah who looks more like Mad Max than a six hundred year old man.   (The movie fails to address the issue that Noah was suppose to be over five hundred years old, and that it took him and his sons one hundred years to build this ark…)

The story is too ridiculous to even comment on.  Talk about biblical fantasies, this story surpasses the ridiculous. 

Years ago I read Mark Twain’s Letters from the Earth that primarily deals with the story of Noah.   It was the first time that I had read anything the questioned the validity of the Bible.

Twain begins with Satan being banished from heaven for a day for being surly with God.  To kill time Satan comes down to earth to view the strange life forms God had created on this speck in the cosmos.  He writes letters back to heaven to describe the ridiculous creation called man.    Twain gets a little carried away with some parts of the story and is mistaken on his cosmology, but when you consider the time and attitudes of his day he was a Renaissance man.  

It is eleven short chapters and worth a read.

the Ol'Buzzard


  1. Never heard of this book by Twain. Might have to take a look at it.

    Some of the bible-banger cults are easily offended when someone offers a different view of things. All that does is create more interest is the movie the more protest there is about it.

  2. I may just ignore the whole thing. Getting pretty good at the ignoring thing these days. Lots of practice I guess.

    May have to see about that Twain book though.

  3. The Twain book...a good idea. Thanks for the tip.

    Noah...not so much.

    Every time I hear, or read the word Noah...I think of Bill Crosby's routine about the same. The best take on Noah yet.

  4. OB!
    UK beat Darrel's Wichita State by 1. I am adding Mark Twain's book to my reading list - Noble House by James Clavell - I can cuss in Cantonese now...


  5. Thanks to the NSA, when the Religious Right win total control of American politics, they will know who to come for and where they are. The earth will be cleansed of all unrighteousness.


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