An Overrated Book, or so GQ wants us to believe

The Holy Bible, the book upon which all of Western morality rested for the past 2,000 years, is the most overrated book of all time, according to anessay in GQ.

Written by the editors of GQ, “21 Books You Don’t Have To Read” is an exercise in pretentious millennial book burning, where very beloved classics, from “Lord of the Rings” to “Catcher in the Rye,” are thrown into a digital bonfire fueled by the self-righteous prattling of coastal hipsters, and replaced with the likes of modernist woke screeds.

For the last two decades I’ve been watching the demise of a great cultural experiment being washed down the drain. I’ve always loved history, though I wasn’t very good in my history classes in high school but that was because I hated taking tests and the rigid emphasis not on learning history but memorizing dates. Unencumbered by those demands I’ve immersed myself in the histories of the world ever since leaving high school, fascinated by the working of the past.

History is not an esoteric slumber, it’s part of us, part of who we are today. In fact, without history there wouldn’t be an us today. Philosopher George Santayana made this most profound statement: “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” Couple that with Solomon’s words that “There is nothing new under the sun” and it’s not hard to understand that history is the great teacher.

We fail to learn the lessons of history because we dismiss it as history, something gone, in the past where we are the “enlightened” ones of the present. But there have always been “enlightened” ones in the present in the past, we’re not that original despite our hubris in thinking we are.

In that “overrated book of all time” as the editors of GQ puts it are these words: “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.” Let’s put these words in its context: For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools,and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.…” (Hebrews 1:21-23.) Maybe this is why the editors of GQ want to make it an overrated book; they’ve not learned from history and are called out as fools making foolish declarations.

None of us like standing before the mirror and ugliness is staring back at us. We deny it’s so, then we make excuses why it isn’t so, and we gather others to join us in condemning what we know is so but deny it. It’s a game we all play but mirrors only reflect what it sees and what it is reflecting today in the United States of America is a darkness filling our souls as we deny the past, as we feverishly go about changing not just corrupting ourselves but our children thinking we are wise but are fools.

The world is trying to wipe Christianity out, to relegate it to history and a bad history at that. We Americans, and the world, are watching especially the Middle East’s attempt at genocide as they murder Christians, enslave them, whatever they can do to eradicate them because they are a threat to our ugliness. In the United States we are more civilized, or so we think. We’re not murdering Christians with the gun or blade, we’re doing it with ostracization, using the law to remove them from being a mirror, taking away their rights as citizens of a free nation, condemning them as obstacles obstructing our enlightened selves, from being Nietzsche’s  Übermensch, the overman, or superman.

So yes, let’s belittle the Bible because in this book shows us our sin of thinking we are what we aren’t. It shows us our guilt of being fools. And it shows us the way to true life, but we don’t want that, we prefer the lie.