Letters From The Earth by Mark Twain
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Date Added: 2003-09-25
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The biblical Account Through Twain's Eyes
It makes me laugh. He was sarcastic and insightful. A more polite Hitchens. He dissects the curious idiocy of the biblical account and shines a light on the deep depravity of biblical "morality". He was brilliant. A definite "Must read"
This relatively unknown book by Mark Twain should be considered essential reading, although it can be fairly assumed that this title will never make it onto the bestseller list of the broad public. It remains an insider's book, more or less, which I personally find a pity, as it is an exceedingly comforting book which can ease a lot of pain inflicted by countless generations of priests and the like. Twain renders the anachronistic paradigms of conventional Christianity obsolete in this concise and beautifully structured collection of letters, recognising at the same time that the Bible is a potboiler of epic proportions: everything anybody ever wanted to know about sex and crime can be found in its pages. (It makes me wonder why the Bible is obligatory reading in many prisons, for instance. Probably so the inmates can learn everything they haven't come up with by themselves.) Richard Dawkins and co. remain incapable of adding anything significant or new to the writing of Mark Twain, a hundred years later. Of course it will always remain a point of dispute whether man is factually innocent of the variety of misdeeds he is capable of commiting: with or without a loving God watching over all, man's main goal on this earth remains to learn to assume responsibility for his deeds and attempt to improve on the basic and well - known conditions of his own making. Contrary to what the Bible and the tomes of other religions convey, this goal is shared by the greater part of humankind, irrespective of religious orientation. Humankind isn't quite as innocent as Twain proposed, but neither is it as vile and steeped in original sin as the writers of the Bible would have us believe. Thank you for this wonderful series of classics which is so lovingly reproduced for all to read!
By Mary Zihlman on April 15, 2008
Archangel Satan, having been banished for a celestial day for his sarcasm regarding the creation of natural law and mankind, visits the Earth and writes letters to his friends, the Archangel's Michael and Gabriel, about his discoveries of mankind and their beliefs.
With irrepressibly funny, some might say blasphemous, and sarcastic insight into our beliefs' inconsistencies, Satan points out the flaws in how mankind perceives God.
It seems evidently clear the author had fun with the notion of "heaven", filled with "... not a single feature in it that he (mankind) actually values." like harps, singing all day, prayers never answered, monitany, and a lack of sex!
The author has Satan, with his quick silver tongue, cleverly and convincingly argue the Law of Nature, created by God, IS the Law of God. He devilishly draws you into agreement with his original presentation that as the Law of God and the Laws of Nature cannot be disobeyed, mankind is a blameless, innocent fool to be pitied.
Just as you would expect of Satan! Ha Ha