Saturday, August 18, 2007

Great Wisdom Literature?

I think if there is one book in the world which has been overestimated as wisdom literature, that's the bible.

5 comments:

Webs said...

The South Park TV Show creators both believe in God and I think they put it best... (5 minute marker is what I am referring to)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE_zEJL0Km4&mode=related&search=

Jonathan Blake said...

Lately, I've come to appreciate Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, and the Gospel of John. There are some good bits if you allow yourself to take it strictly as metaphor and leave the offensive stuff out.

amuirin said...

Oh I donno...

Do you blame the book or the nature of the people who latch on and use it's breadth and scope to justify anything they wish to believe?

Mahendra said...

Ha ha ha!!!

Paul said...

Thank you Webs! Unfortunately, my clumsy old dial up doesn't download video at all well (I'm hoping to move to a faster service in a month or two).


Hi Jonathan! I do believe the Bible has good bits in it -- it's just that I don't think those good bits add up to making it the world's best wisdom literature, like so many people claim. For my money, the Tao Te Ching, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Dharmapada, and many, many other works all surpass the Bible for wisdom.


Hi Amuirin! I blame neither the book nor the people here. I'm merely suggesting the Bible is not all it's cracked up to be as wisdom literature. After all, many people believe it to be the best wisdom literature in the world. That's patently false, in my humble opinion.