(WOOD) — GQ magazine made waves last week when its list of “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read” included the Bible.
The magazine says the Bible contains “some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced.”
“It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned,” the magazine continues.
GQ offers “The Notebook” by Agota Kristof, first published in French in 1986, as an alternative, describing it as “a marvelous tale of two brothers who have to get along when things get rough.”
The inclusion of the Bible on the list has irked Christians, with clergy and evangelists noting its enduring popularity.
GQ’s list also includes a slew of classics, including “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkein and “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut. In the article’s introduction, GQ says the books, though considered greats, can be racist, sexist or simply boring.