Unpleasant GOD: A Companion
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction; jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving, control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
—Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
Dawkins Is Right
In the first sentence of chapter 2 of The God Delusion, biologist Richard Dawkins calls the biblical god “the most unpleasant character in all fiction.” That sentence has prompted more criticism than anything else he has written. To document his claim, Richard asked former minister Dan Barker to provide a list of biblical passages for each of the characteristics in that sentence. The result is the book GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction. Part 1, “Dawkins Was Right,” contains a chapter for each of those 19 descriptors.
In Part 2, “Dawkins Was Too Kind,” Barker adds eleven more characteristics: pyromaniacal, angry, merciless, curse-hurling, vaccicidal, aborticidal, cannibalistic, slavemonger, homicidal, evil, and terrorist, ending with “What About Jesus?”
Barker Proves It
The Unpleasant GOD Companion is a browsable, sharable database of the verses from Dan’s book. We hope you’ll enjoy — and share — them.
[Click on each highlighted word to see a list of biblical verses.]
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Wood-engraved illustrations by 19th-century French artist Gustave Doré. Bible verses are mainly from the NRSV, RSV, KJV and NIV.