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Post time 2009-11-5 13:52:46 |Display all floors
Nobel winner slams Bible as 'handbook of bad morals'
(AFP) – Oct 19, 2009

LISBON — A row broke out in Portugal on Monday after a Nobel Prize-winning author denounced the Bible as a "handbook of bad morals".

Speaking at the launch of his new book "Cain", Jose Saramago, who won the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, said society would probably be better off without the Bible.

Roman Catholic Church leaders accused the 86-year-old of a publicity stunt.

The book is an ironic retelling of the Biblical story of Cain, Adam and Eve's son who killed his younger brother Abel.

At the launch event in the northern Portuguese town of Penafiel on Sunday, Saramago said he did not think the book would offend Catholics "because they do not read the Bible".

"The Bible is a manual of bad morals (which) has a powerful influence on our culture and even our way of life. Without the Bible, we would be different, and probably better people," he was quoted as saying by the news agency Lusa.

Saramago attacked "a cruel, jealous and unbearable God (who) exists only in our heads" and said he did not think his book would cause problems for the Catholic Church "because Catholics do not read the Bible.

"It might offend Jews, but that doesn't really matter to me," he added.

Father Manuel Marujao, the spokesman for the Portuguese conference of bishops, said he thought the remarks were a publicity stunt.

"A writer of Jose Saramago's standing can criticise, (but) insults do no-one any good, particularly a Nobel Prize winner," the priest said.

Rabbi Elieze Martino, spokesman for the Jewish community in Lisbon, said the Jewish world would not be shocked by the writings of Saramago or anyone else.

"Saramago does not know the Bible," the rabbi said, "he has only superficial understanding of it."

The author caused a scandal in Portugal in 1992 with "The Gospel According to Jesus Christ."

The book depicted Jesus losing his virginity to Mary Magdalene and being used by God to control the world.

Saramago quit Portugal at the time and moved to Lanzarote, in the Spanish Canary Islands.
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Post time 2009-11-5 14:08:06 |Display all floors
nice biased poll choices!
I would like to know which book of the bible he thinks is so wrong.  The new and old testimate have very different tones and morals in them.

Which one of these are you against?

Honor your father and mother
You shall not murder
You shall not commit adultery       
You shall not steal
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
You shall not covet your neighbor's wife       
You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor

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Post time 2009-11-5 18:48:41 |Display all floors
Originally posted by Exergy at 2009-11-5 14:08
nice biased poll choices!
I would like to know which book of the bible he thinks is so wrong.  The new and old testimate have very different tones and morals in them.

You shall not murder ...


This god only demand others not to murder... yet it itself commit murder. Just read how the Egyptians slaughtered by this god when this god sided with the Jews. A clear act of racist.

An unfunny joke.

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Post time 2009-11-6 09:13:13 |Display all floors
Not too long ago I have read in this forum:

China does not mind Nobel Prize.

Nobel Prize Committee is controlled by the CIA.

Nobel Prize are given out of political reasons.

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If it is opportun Nobel Price receipients sudenly are taken serious.

No sincerety anymore ?

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Post time 2009-11-6 09:29:31 |Display all floors
Originally posted by harmless at 2009-11-6 09:13
Not too long ago I have read in this forum:

China does not mind Nobel Prize.

Nobel Prize Committee is controlled by the CIA.

Nobel Prize are given out of political reasons.

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If i ...


Simply like this...

You're also not taken seriously in German foreign ministry, because you don't even know the most basic knowledge about this or that.

But we believe you when you said several people from impoverished nation admire and worship you simply because you're a white.

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Post time 2009-11-6 09:41:24 |Display all floors
Originally posted by liuyedao at 2009-11-5 05:48


This god only demand others not to murder... yet it itself commit murder. Just read how the Egyptians slaughtered by this god when this god sided with the Jews. A clear act of racist.

An unf ...

So you believe the ancient Hebrews then, that it was God who killed the first born before the Exodus rather than some disease?
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Ancient people were often subject to seeing acts of God when things went their way...... not unlike people who claim God is on their side today.
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As to the comment on what people on this forum said of the Nobel prize only weeks ago....... hypocrisy is a failing universal to humanity, as is the idea that only the "other" is guilty of it.

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Post time 2009-11-6 10:39:25 |Display all floors

Chinese philosophy

The Confucian doctrine of Ren (仁: benevolence): “What is Ren?” The answer was: “To love people” “The Way originates in Emotion” (道始于情), Human relationships are established on the basis of emotion spirit of Benevolence and Love (仁爱). The spirit of Ren goes far beyond Love. To love and love deep, that is love; but to enlarge the love of one’s father to the love of human being, that is Ren.” “Enlarge one’s self-concern to the concern on others” (推己及人), to “treat with the reverence due to age the elders in your own family, so that the elders in the families of others shall be similarly treated; treat with the kindness due to youth the young in your own family, so that the young in the families of others shall be similarly treated”

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